I can’t read enough about our founding fathers and I am so happy that some of the finest historians and authors are still researching and writing about the men and the times that helped create this great nation. I am particularly interested in John Adams and his complicated relationship with Thomas Jefferson. In the wonderful new book, Friends Divided: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, award-winning author Gordon Wood explores their relationship and highlights what made their little experiment so great – opposing views can be debated and rival parties can coexist.

About Friends Divided by Gordon Wood:

“Thomas Jefferson and John Adams could scarcely have come from more different worlds, or been more different in temperament. Jefferson, the optimist with enough faith in the innate goodness of his fellow man to be democracy’s champion, was an aristocratic Southern slave-owner, while Adams, the overachiever from New England’s rising middling classes, painfully aware he was no aristocrat, was a skeptic about popular rule and a defender of a more elitist view of government. They worked closely in the crucible of revolution, crafting the Declaration of Independence and leading, with Franklin, the diplomatic effort that brought France into the fight. But ultimately, their profound differences would lead to a fundamental crisis, in their friendship and in the nation writ large, as they became the figureheads of two entirely new forces, the first American political parties. It was a bitter breach, lasting through the presidential administrations of both men, and beyond.”

The two great men, Jefferson and Adams, were allies turned opponents turned friends, forever bonded as arguable the two men most responsible of our founding document, The Declaration of Independence dated July 4, 1776. The two men also are part of one of the great coincidences in American history – they both died on the exact same day – July 4, 1826.

Friends Divided by Gordon Wood is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.