A Life in the Twentieth Century: Innocent Beginnings, 1917-1950

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 576 pages
From America's most celebrated living historian comes this "sprightly, straightforward account of the first third of an active and charmed life" (New York Times). Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. turns a studied eye on a personal past and reconstructs the history that has made him such an iconic figure for generations of readers. A LIFE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY offers rare and revealing access to both the private world of a great American writer and the fine-grained texture of the American century.
Ranging from a fondly remembered childhood in the Midwest to a fascinating, storied academic and political life, this volume is an important addition to Schlesinger's body of work, "every bit as well written as anything Schlesinger has done" (Providence Sunday Journal) and "sure to be used by students of the times for years to come" (Boston Globe). "With style and humor and a master historian's deft blending of personal detail with epic events" (Wall Street Journal), Schlesinger evokes the struggles, the questions, the paradoxes, and the triumphs that shaped our era as only he can do.
 

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An appealing memoir by a fine historian who is mercifully free of the besetting sin of the intellectual—the need always to be right.Schlesinger's strength as a historian is his ability to unite ... Read full review

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The first of two volumes, this memoir by one of the best-known liberal historians of the 20th century traces Schlesinger's life from his very early years in the Midwest through the formative ... Read full review

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Contents

Backdrop
1
East from Iowa
23
Midwesterners in Cambridge
41
Life of a Reader
62
Prep School
81
Round the World
93
Harvard College What I Did
108
Harvard College What I Enjoyed
132
Oh So Secret
295
London 1944
314
Wars End
330
The Ages of Jackson
354
Free Lance
375
CPUSA vs ADA
394
Alarums and Excursions
418
Back to Harvard
439

Harvard College What I Learned
157
The Twilight Year
187
A Nation Divided
221
On the Brink
241
Washington at War
262
Blowup at OWI
277
1948
455
Deals Fair and Unfair
483
The Vital Center
504
Index
525
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ARTHUR M. SCHLESINGER, JR., the author of sixteen books, was a renowned historian and social critic. He twice won the Pulitzer Prize, in 1946 for The Age of Jackson and in 1966 for A Thousand Days. He was also the winner of the National Book Award for both A Thousand Days and Robert Kennedy and His Times (1979). In 1998 he was awarded the prestigious National Humanities Medal.

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