Principal’s Book Club Into John Adams

Imperial Academy students are into a new book: Members of Principal’s Book Club began John Adams, by David McCullough, on October 12. They plan to finish reading about the founding father and second president of the United States by the end of this semester.

Principal Joel Hilliker said, “I absolutely love talking about a book like this with these students. This is a wonderful book, very inspiring history—and it stimulates all kinds of great thoughts. Getting to hear what these young people think about it is one of the highlights of my week.”

In previous years, the club has read Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl, How the West Won by Rodney Stark, Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Andrew Jackson by Robert W. Remini, The Prince by Machiavelli, 1984 by George Orwell, Washington: The Indispensable Man by James Thomas Flexner and an abridged version of The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Before the Feast of Tabernacles break from September 25 to October 9, the club read Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking With Einstein with Local Elder Dwight Falk. Next semester, they plan on reading The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig, Lincoln the Unknown by Dale Carnegie, Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers by Brian Kilmeade and The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant, equating to over 2,000 pages read for the year.