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

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Gregory
    Mar 04, 2018
    I thoroughly enjoyed Gordon S. Wood's Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (2017). It is essentially a co-biography focusing on their relationship. Their human-ness comes through nicely, their pettiness, insecurities, ambitions, self-deception, etc. Jefferson loved the Fren...
  • 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...
  • Cheryl
    Nov 29, 2017
    This book provides an interesting perspective into the governing philosophy, temperament, and views on democracy of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, two of our founding fathers. These two men couldn't have been more different in terms of their personalities and early life experiences a...
  • 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...
  • Marvin
    Jan 15, 2018
    Gordon Wood was already a highly respected historian when I was in grad school 30+ years ago, and I was among his admirers. Here he turns his formidable talents as an intellectual historian to an account of the relationship between John Adams & Thomas Jefferson. Actually, though, i...
  • 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...
  • Steve
    Mar 06, 2018
    This was my first experience reading a ?dual biography? and I really liked the format. More importantly, it is an excellent historical accounting of, arguably, two of the most important founding fathers. The comparing-and-contrasting of these two very different men helps the reader...
  • Oleksiy Kononov
    Oct 26, 2017
    Two Founding Fathers, two presidents, two statesmen, two lawyers and two political thinkers. In his book, the author intended to answer the question how come the second president of the United States is never remembered and appreciated as much as Thomas Jefferson. I believe Gordon S. W...
  • 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. ...
  • Tom Batalias
    Jan 20, 2018
    Two men, founding fathers, united in the fight for independence, but clearly divided in their politics of how to run the new government. This is the story of two great men, and how they worked together to help win the American Revolution, but became bitter rivals in the world of govern...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Rick Boyer
    Mar 23, 2018
    Excellent book describing the friendship, estrangement, and later restored friendship of the nation's second and third Presidents, who were both central Founders of America. Beyond simply describing the relationship between the two men, Wood also masterfully charts the different politi...
  • 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 Poulos
    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...
  • Brion
    Dec 07, 2017
    The title of this book tells a lot about the 50 year relationship between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. They met at the beginning of the country around 1776 and had a long relationship lasting until they both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the creation of the nation. ...
  • E
    Feb 23, 2018
    A fascinating look at these two men, mostly through their correspondence. Gordon Wood is as good as it gets when it comes to writing on the Founding Fathers. This work was originally supposed to be about Adams only, so he receives a bit more attention than Jefferson, which is certainly...
  • 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 ...
  • David Dunlap
    Nov 30, 2017
    Wonderful book that has been most enlightening -- and has served to adjust this reader's assessment, at least, of both Adams and Jefferson. -- The opening chapter, in which the author contrasts the backgrounds and character of his subjects is alone worth the price of admission, as it w...
  • Bill Lucey
    Jan 26, 2018
    Brown University historian Gordon S. Wood, in ?Friends Divided? does a superb job of pitting the ideas, principles, and different versions of their ideal governments against one another in order to explain to the reader, why Thomas Jefferson might be more remembered today than John...
  • 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...
  • Jeremy
    Jan 03, 2018
    Wonderful book that has been most enlightening -- and has served to adjust this reader's assessment, at least, of both Adams and Jefferson. -- The opening chapter, in which the author contrasts the backgrounds and character of his subjects is alone worth the price of admission, as it w...