Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

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 From the great historian of the American Revolution, New York Times-bestselling and Pulitzer-winning Gordon Wood, com...

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Title:Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
Author:Gordon S. Wood
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Genres:History
ISBN:0735224714
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:512 pages pages

Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Reviews

  • Laura
    Jun 03, 2018
    Wood's book about Benjamin Franklin was a better read, but this was above average in itself. Second half of book was better-- outlining their relationship. First half of book more of the same I've read in other books about these two presidents. Interesting in that it discussed, in gr...
  • Sean
    Dec 08, 2017
    Gordon Wood is the preeminent historian on the American Revolutionary War period and the author of "Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815," which is the official installment in the Oxford History of the United States on this historical period. "Empire" is a good...
  • David
    Sep 23, 2018
    Excellent portrayal of two Founding Fathers whose passions and personalities differed significantly but nevertheless helped form the basis of the American Government from its birth through its early years. We can learn much from them. Even though they held completely different polit...
  • Heather
    Oct 24, 2017
    This was really an interesting book, fascinating really! It's an easy-ish read for history and very helpful in understanding the time and legacy of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, two very key players in the American Revolution and the history of the United States after that. They...
  • Erin
    Feb 25, 2018
    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 writ...
  • Polly
    Dec 20, 2017
    Wood sees the world through the point of view of his two great men. That's good most of the time, but it renders him tone deaf at others. His comment in the first few pages that being a gentleman or commoner was more important in the 18th century than being slave or free haunted me for...
  • Jillian Doherty
    Jun 04, 2017
    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 affiliatio...
  • Bil
    Feb 28, 2018
    This was a really great survey of the revolutionary era through the conceit of going back and forth between the (usually differing) opinions of Adams and Jefferson in their own words. It got me thinking a lot about how we mostly consider the question of how the US government is constit...
  • Scott Martin
    Mar 18, 2018
    I would probably rate this more towards 3.5, but I don't think it quite rated higher than that. This comparative biography looks at the interactions between our 2nd and 3rd presidents. Their political fates were intertwined long before Jefferson served as Adams Vice President, and thei...
  • Michelle
    Jun 07, 2018
    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 genera...
  • Jaime
    Nov 05, 2018
    America really needed both of these men; thank goodness we had them both! ...
  • Steve
    Feb 26, 2018
    This book helps to humanize these two major American Revolution players, as well as add perspective when anyone tries to appropriate their views to what's happening today. Well researched and written, a joy to read and ponder. ...
  • Chanel
    Jun 26, 2018
    ?Friends Divided? is a biological account of two different ideologies between two friends John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. They were both Presidents and they died on the same day which was the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. These men were very influential in d...
  • Vincent Li
    Jan 18, 2018
    When I saw this book I groaned, because I realized I would need to add it to the list of Gordon Wood books I wanted to read, when I thought I was making good progress on that list. This book only confirms my admiration for this great historian. Wood is a great writer and a superb histo...
  • Michael Ramirez
    Jan 13, 2019
    Gordon Wood's (more-or-less) political biography of Adams and Jefferson is an excellent read because of the author's characteristic in-depth research and detailed exposition of these two Founding Fathers. The book does an excellent job comparing and contrasting these two great men, but...
  • Ted Hunt
    Mar 28, 2018
    This is a very useful book to read if one is interested in the philosophical underpinnings of the American Revolution. Jefferson and Adams were two members of the "committee" that worked to produce the Declaration of Independence, although it is clear that the two men had some rather s...
  • Kathleen Schilling
    Feb 26, 2018
    The book dragged a bit, but I found it gave me some insight on both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. His opinions on both Adams and Jefferson at times came through the book and made me question some of his opinions, but interesting nonetheless ...
  • Priscilla
    Apr 05, 2018
    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...
  • Jill Meyer
    Sep 12, 2017
    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 countr...
  • Robert Melnyk
    Oct 14, 2017
    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 R...
  • David Eppenstein
    Jan 30, 2018
    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 da...
  • Kristi Richardson
    Nov 07, 2017
    This won't be a traditional review but instead what I learned from reading this book that I didn't know before. John Adams was accused of being too pro British because he supported a Constitution based on the British rule. He also considered having Senators be a hereditary position...
  • Jean
    Dec 16, 2017
    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 an...
  • Brian Willis
    Aug 15, 2018
    Many students of American history will no doubt know by now the miraculous (though Adams and Jefferson would have hated that term) occurrence of their concurrent deaths within a matter of hours on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1826. Many scholars and ...
  • Jim
    Oct 08, 2018
    Like many Americans, I have long heard of the exchange of letters between Presidents Adams and Jefferson during their years of retirement. And I was also aware of the rare coincidence of them both dying on the same day - July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the announcement of the...
  • Mrs. Quinn
    Sep 01, 2018
    It's strangely comforting to know that the founders were at odds with each other over how our democracy should work, which is how Adams and Jefferson end their communication with each other for several years. There's a lot of detail in this book. You're going to learn a lot. It's a lot...
  • Mike
    Apr 18, 2018
    This is a well written and enjoyable book. It provides a very personal portrait of these two giants of early America. Both men were brilliant and deeply flawed. (ie. human) This book helped to round out my understanding of John Adams, as it is a very different take on him that I found ...
  • Thomas Lindmark
    Aug 16, 2018
    I wanted to read a book on The American revolution for a while now since it is a period in history that I only have a very basic foundation on and I felt I needed to expand on the subject. It is an extraordinary time that re-shaped the world after all. I could not have picked a bett...
  • Matthew Hyde
    Oct 06, 2017
    So I fortunate enough to win the historical book Friends Divided in the goodreads giveaway. This book was excellent from front to back. Gordon S. Wood does an amazing job of covering the important details and thoughts of both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams during such events as the Am...
  • Cameron H
    Jun 29, 2018
    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. ...