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 currently a waiting list for both evenings.  New places open periodically.  For full details and to be added to the waiting list, send an email to Glen at

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

In May we will discuss:

Hillbilly Elegy – A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

by J.D. Vance

“This book is not only a candid autobiography, but also a disconcerting description of the cultural divide that divides the United States.” – Dirk Vlasblom, NRC, 10 March 2017

Where: Athenaeum Boekhandel, Spui 14 – 16, Amsterdam
When: May 16 &17

Time: 19.00-20.30, informal discussion afterward

For a list of books for January through June 2018, click here.

For a list of the books we’ve read and discussed previously, click here