Summary

As a journalist, historian, and novelist born into a family that included two past presidents of the United States, Henry Adams was constantly focused on the American experiment. An immediate best-seller that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1919, The Education of Henry Adams recounts his own and the country's education from 1838, the year of his birth, to 1905, incorporating the Civil War, capitalist expansion, and the growth of the United States as a world power. Exploring America as both a success and a failure, contradiction was the very impetus that compelled Adams to write Education, in which he was also able to voice his deep skepticism about mankind's power to control the direction of history. Written with immense wit and irony, reassembling the past while glimpsing the future, Adams' vision expresses what Henry James declared the "complex fate" to be an American. Today, it remains one of the most compelling works of American autobiography.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Darwin8u on 17-04-12

A Book EVERYONE should read once.

Amazing. There are a just a few books (Meditations, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Brothers Karamazov, On the Nature of Things) that I feel every person on the planet should read. This is one of those books. If you are a historian, a diplomat, a civil war buff or a amateur philosopher, this book will strongly resonate.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Laura on 06-05-16

I kinda like Henry and his book, but still a zzzzzz

I am not completely sure that I gained more than a dash of knowledge or new perspective from this reading. But awww shucks, it gave me a soft spot for Henry anyway. Plus the narrator and dry material snoozed me right to sleep. Seriously echoing other readers sentiment of flabbergast whilst considering the books placement as #1 on Modern Library's Best Nonfiction of All Time List 😕

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