Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson by Gordon S. Wood

Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

From the great historian of the American Revolution, New York Times-bestselling and Pulitzer-winning Gordon Wood, comes a majestic dual biography of two of America's most enduringly fascinating figures, whose partnership helped birth a nation, and whose subsequent falling out did much to fix its course.Thomas Jefferson and John Adams could scarcely have come from more diff...

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  • Jillian Doherty
    Like Churchill and Orwell this awesome duel biography highlights not only both men's journeys, but illustrates how they became who they were because of their relationship.Although these founding fathers loathed each other - for having opposing personalities and political affiliation, but as they for...
  • Michelle
    John Adams' (and Abigail) and Thomas Jefferson's friendship was the best thing (in my opinion) to come out of the Revolutionary period. It just amazing how two completely different people were able to form such a strong bond, only to be torn apart by politics.The text, while generally in chronologic...
  • Jill Meyer
    On July 4, 1826, 50 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia, two men died. One, Thomas Jefferson, died at Monticello in Virginia, while the other, John Adams, died far away in Boston. Both men had been presidents of the United States, and since the country was not in t...
  • Robert Melnyk
    This book details the relationship, both personal and political, between two or our most famous founding fathers, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. These two men came from different backgrounds and differing political views, but were close friends during the early days of the American Revolution. How...
  • David Eppenstein
    I have a reverential devotion to the history of our founding and to the people involved in that undertaking. The more I read and learn about that era and about those engaged in that endeavor the more I am struck by their humanness and thus am further impressed with how difficult and dangerous our fo...
  • Priscilla
    I haven't been much of a fan of Jefferson's since I started reading books about him. Adams, on the otherhand, had the opposite affect on me. I chalked up Jefferson worship to the shallowness of humans and the ease with which good-looking people navigate life, no matter what their other failings are....
  • Jean
    This is a double biography that recounts the lives of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. It also recounts the creation of the republic. This is primarily a book about ideas as represented by two of the founding fathers. I enjoyed this book immensely. The author has a variety of topics and goes back an...
  • Erin
    This book provides both a side by comparison of Adams and Jefferson's views on a wide range of topics as well as an examination of their friendship, which is interesting in and of itself. However, while Wood has in no way provided any commentary on the politics of today, it seemed written with an ey...
  • Cameron H
    John Adams deserves a monument on the National Mall! It should be him standing in front of a chair with Abigail by his side. Oh! And he should also be “mistakenly” sculpted to look like William Daniels just piss off his ghost....

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