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The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams
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Jul 27, 2010

it was amazing
Read from July 27 to August 12, 2010

An important book for anyone with an interest in American history and literature, by a descendant of two presidents (John Adams and John Quincy Adams). I especially enjoyed his accounts of British politics during the American Civil War, which he spent in London serving as private secretary to his father, Charles Frances Adams, the Minister to Great Britain. Since Adams did not intend his "Education" to be read by anyone other than close friends and family it can be a bit obscure, so it helps to do a little research first if you are not familiar with any of the details of his life. Elegantly written, a wonderful work of intellectual history. The edition I read has an excellent introduction by D.W. Brogan.
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