John Adams Family


We are pleased to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the founding of our Book Club. The John Adams Book Club meets monthly to discuss a book from the rich range of American literature, fiction and non-fiction, from classics to current bestsellers. Our objective is to explore American culture in its myriad aspects – literature, art, politics, history, race relations, landscape, economy, education, science, technology, society.

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 discussions 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.

During Covid-19 meetings are virtual on Zoom, one Thursday evening a month, beginning at 19:00. The €20 annual fee is waived during the Covid period.

Book Club members can purchase tickets for John Adams Institute events at the reduced Members price.

The size of each discussion group is limited to 15 persons to facilitate discussion. For more information about membership, contact Glen at


September Book – Virtual Discussion on Zoom, Thursday, 17 September, 19:00

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary – by Simon Winchester

This is a multifaceted story about a wounded American Civil War veteran, Britain’s infamous lunatic asylum and the making of the Oxford English Dictionary. What an incredible combination!


For a list of books we have previously read click here.