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The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

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This extraordinary collection gathers the never-before-seen correspondence of a true American original—the acclaimed historian and lion of the liberal establishment, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

An advisor to presidents, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and tireless champion of progressive government, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., was also an inveterate letter writer. Indeed, the term...more
Hardcover, 672 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Random House (first published January 1st 2013)
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Arthur Schelesinger Jr. lived through tumultuous times of financial decline and enormous prosperity that were coupled with an era of brutal wars and extended peace. Although the book begins decades ago, it exposes the same rank political partisanship of today. A Liberal, Schlesinger is positive that any election of a Republican will doom the country, if not his party, as well. Everything is viewed as conspiracy and everything done by the other side is evil. Anyone who disagrees with the liberal...more
The Letters give you a history lesson of sorts of liberalism in America from the late 1940s to the 1990s. Schlesinger was in the forefront of the the liberal movement in the US. He corresponded with Presidents to movie stars and the average American. Schlesinger was a leading historian of the US and advisors to the political campaigns of many. Interesting insights on his advice and perspective of events of the times.
Nothing is more compelling than reading the personal letters of an iconic figure. This book is a most impressive collection of private letters written by a man who loved to write. The letters span from 1945-2006 and are to and from more notables than I can list here (but many American political figures, many in the entertainment and literary fields and of course to family). To me this was a rare glimpse into history. What makes this book great is the prologue, the incredibly detailed footnotes a...more
This guy was brilliant.
I found this book really good at understanding the period of time that Schlesinger was writing in or during is more correct. He was a unique person and very influential in politics and connecting the events of history. I have another book of Mr. Schlesinger's daily journals which I think in conjunction with this book give me a broad perspective of his life and dealings. I enjoyed it very much.
A delightful romp through 20th Century United States history through the eyes of one of the giants of liberal thought.
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Outstanding book. American needs him back.
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Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr., born Arthur Bancroft Schlesinger, was a Pulitzer Prize recipient and American historian and social critic whose work explored the liberalism of American political leaders including Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy. He served as special assistant and "court historian" to President Kennedy from 1961 to 1963. He wrote a detailed account of th...more
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