Friends Divided

Friends Divided

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

Book - 2017
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Arguably no relationship in this country's history carries as much freight as that of John Adams of Massachusetts and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. Gordon Wood has more than done justice to these entwined lives and their meaning; he has written a magnificent new addition to America's collective story.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2017.
ISBN: 9780735224711
Branch Call Number: 973.30922 Woo
Characteristics: 502 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Oct 10, 2018

What an interesting book! It really goes into the contrasting personalities of Adams and Jefferson. Adams powered his way through life with exhaustive intellect but zero tact. He seemed to become increasingly antisocial. He may have been what we would now call "on the spectrum". Jefferson won friends by being admirably polite and solicitous. The divisions between the Federalists and the Republicans were deep and violent, and yet the country pulled through, which gives one hope that we will survive today's political problems.

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