Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

by Gordon S. Wood


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735224735
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/23/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 30,976
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Gordon S. Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and professor of history at Brown University. His books have received the Pulitzer, Bancroft and John H. Dunning prizes, as well as a National Book Award nomination and the New York Historical Society Prize in American History. They include Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, Revolutionary Characters, The Purpose of the Past, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin, and The Idea of America.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Eulogies 1

1 Contrasts 7

2 Careers, Wives, and Other Women 38

3 The Imperial Crisis 69

4 Independence 103

5 Missions Abroad 137

6 Constitutions 167

7 The French Revolution 204

8 Federalists and Republicans 240

9 The President vs. the Vice President 279

10 The Jeffersonian Revolution of 1800 320

11 Reconciliation 356

12 The Great Reversal 389

Epilogue: The National Jubilee 426

Acknowledgments 435

Notes 437

Index 485

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Whenever I read Gordon Wood, the dean of eighteenth century American historians, I feel as if I am absorbing wisdom at the feet of the master. Friends Divided is teeming with exceptionally acute and unvarnished insights into Thomas Jefferson and John Adams as they do battle for the nation's soul. Jefferson's sunny, almost Panglossian, optimism, juxtaposed with the dark, dyspeptic musings of Adams, presents readers with nothing less than a vivid composite portrait of the American mind.
Ron Chernow

As the dean of American historians, Gordon Wood had long shaped the nation's thinking about the true nature of the Founding. Now he turns his intellectual honesty and clear-eyed prose to the lives of Jefferson and of Adams, giving us a brilliant portrait of their complicated relationship. This is an indispensable account of two men, of the country they built, and of why their legacies matter even now. Bravo!
Jon Meacham, author of American Lion and of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

America's dialogue with its competing impulses had its origins in the fractured friendship of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Gordon Wood brings his unmatched knowledge of the scholarly literature to the task of recovering both sides of what is still America's longstanding argument with itself.
Joseph J. Ellis, author of the forthcoming Then and Now: The Founders and US

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