The Five of Hearts: An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and His Friends, 1880-1918

The Five of Hearts: An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and His Friends, 1880-1918

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by Patricia O'Toole
     
 

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The Five of Hearts, who first gathered in Washington in the Gilded Age, included Henry Adams, historian and scion of America's first political dynasty; his wife, Clover, gifted photographer and tragic victim of depression; John Hay, ambassador and secretary of state; his wife, Clara, a Midwestern heiress; and Clarence King, pioneering geologist, entrepreneur, and man

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The Five of Hearts, who first gathered in Washington in the Gilded Age, included Henry Adams, historian and scion of America's first political dynasty; his wife, Clover, gifted photographer and tragic victim of depression; John Hay, ambassador and secretary of state; his wife, Clara, a Midwestern heiress; and Clarence King, pioneering geologist, entrepreneur, and man of mystery. They knew every president from Abraham Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt and befriended Henry James, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, and a host of other illustrious figures on both sides of the Atlantic.

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"Absorbing . . . Offers a candid image of the Gilded Age." — The Washington Post Book World

"O'Toole is an exquisite writer. . . . This book's only fault is that it ends." — Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Fascinating. . . A new perception of America during a period of erupting violence, as the tensions between private and political moralities became more anguished." — The New York Times Book Review

"A fine work about an interesting and important period of American history." — The Philadelphia Inquirer

"The lesson of this book, a lesson that Adams himself drew from his own life, is that no matter how charmed your circle is, or how devoted its members are to each other, it cannot ward off life's tragedies. . . . A wonderful story." — USA Today

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743299237
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
450,569
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Patricia O'Toole is also the author of Money and Morals in America: A History and The Five of Hearts: An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and His Friends, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She teaches writing at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
$21 for a Nook Book?  You have got to be kidding.