John Adams Family

In continuation of its mission to support American culture in Amsterdam, the John Adams Institute has its very own book club. Coordinator of the John Adams Book Club is Glen Kendall, an Amsterdam-based American with a life-long passion for books. As a veteran of the Vietnam War, he is also one of the authors in The War We Would Forget: Dartmouth Veterans and the Vietnam War.

Glen coordinates the selection of books and the discussions based on recommendations from the Club members.  The objective is to explore the rich range of American literature, fiction and non-fiction, from classics to current best sellers. The discussions at the Book Club are always animated, very interesting and highly enjoyable. We have assembled an excellent group of members with different backgrounds and life experiences.  And the refreshments after the discussion allow for more informal conversation.

The John Adams Book Club meets once a month. Members can choose either the Wednesday or the Thursday meeting. There is an annual registration fee of €20 for students and €37.50 for others, to pay for incidental costs including refreshments at the meetings.We only have a limited number of places for new members. For full details, and to join, send an email to Glen at

Book Club Members receive a 10% discount on any books purchased at Athenaeum.

WhereAthenaeum Boekhandel, Spui 14 – 16, Amsterdam
When: Wednesday 8 March & Thursday 9 March
Time: 19.00-20.30



Our book for March is The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by former guest George Packer.  Anyone paying attention in the last few decades has seen upheaval and breakdown in American institutions — economic, educational, governmental and more. Often, we perceive them abstractly, in overview: housing crisis, financial meltdown, industrial outsourcing, income inequality, political polarization. In The Unwinding, Packer shows us the impact of those interconnected crises on the lives of a wide range of individual Americans.

According to the New York Times, it is “A riveting examination of a nation in crisis, from one of the finest political journalists of our generation. Packer tells the story of the United States over the past three decades in an utterly original way, with his characteristically sharp eye for detail and gift for weaving together complex narratives.”