The Education of Henry Adams

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Houghton Mifflin, 1973 - 705 pages
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This is a book much better suited to a person with a good background in American history. Adams writes about pivotal events for an audience that does not need the background information. If you don't ... Read full review

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Henry Adams, a scion of the famous New England political dynasty, provides a unique perspective on 19th century life in America. In fact, he describes himself as an 18th century person who happens to live in the succeeding century. His premise is that his education is a reference point for multiplicity which can be compared to an opposing point: the 12th century and the height of--what was for him--human achievement. This duality of unity and multiplicity, of urban and rural, of political and apolitical, strike as common themes in his story.  

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