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Democracy

by Henry Adams Arthur Schlesinger

An immediate bestseller upon its publication in 1880, the anonymously penned Democracy prompted widespread speculation and guessing games as to its author's identity. It is the story of Mrs. Lightfoot Lee, a society widow, and Silas Ratcliffe, the most influential member of the Senate, who, throughout the novel, pursues Mrs. Lee while at the same time battling her for power. Set in Washington in the 1870s, Democracy presents a scathing and incisive look at the intricate inner workings of politics and corruption that remains relevant today.This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the 1880 first edition and includes a contemporary review from The Atlantic Monthly. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Education of Henry Adams

by Henry Adams

'I cannot remember when I was not fascinated by Henry Adams, ' said Gore Vidal. 'He was remarkably prescient about the coming horrors. ' His political ideals shaped by two presidential ancestors--great-grandfather John Adams and grandfather John Quincy Adams--Henry Adams was one of the most powerful and original minds to confront the American scene from the Civil War to the First World War. Printed privately in 1907 and published to wide acclaim shortly after the author's death in 1918, The Education of Henry Adams is a brilliant, idiosyncratic blend of autobiography and history that charts the great transformation in American life during the so-called Gilded Age. With an introduction by renowned historian Edmund Morris.

Mont Saint Michel and Chartres

by Henry Adams

"Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres" is one of the most distinguished contributions to literature and one of the most valuable adjuncts to the study of medievalism America thus far has produced. The rediscovery of this great epoch of Christian civilization has had issue in many and valuable works on its religion, its philosophy, its economics, its politics, and its art. It holds its importance as a revelation of the eternal glory of medieval art and the elements that brought it into being.

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