Acclaimed historian shares a riveting account of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson: two beloved early Americans who forged a nation despite wildly different personalities, backgrounds, philosophies and values
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No relationship in America’s history better represents our nation’s internal struggles and our remarkable ability to mend division than that of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, figureheads of America’s first political parties. And no historian is better suited to craft their dual biography than Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author Gordon S. Wood. FRIENDS DIVIDED: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, now in paperback, presents Wood’s most epic accomplishment to date. In this age of sour partisanship and polarizing news narratives, their story renews one’s pride in American principles, and provides a persuasive argument in favor of ongoing dialogue and civility in the face of bitter division.
Gordon S. Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus 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. In 2010, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama. Photo Credit: Penguin Random House Photo.
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