The Education Of Henry Adamsby Henry B. Adams
A reflective chronicle of life as a man
Originally written for close friends and family The Education of Henry Adams was released to the public only after the death of its author, American historian HENRY BROOKS ADAMS (1838-1918), a member of the Adams political family, Harvard professor of medieval history, and a journalist dedicated to exposing corruption.
A reflective chronicle of life as a man crossing eras, Adams details how he saw the world around him change from the 19th century to the 20th. The schooling he had as a child left him wholly unprepared for the newer, faster world. The 20th century was dominated by scientific development, and Adams's education had been grounded in classical literature and history-areas that, he believed, offered no real advantages to modern man.
Readers interested in historical periods of transition will find this autobiography a moving and thoughtful way to access the stresses and fears of those who lived through the last great societal shift.
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This is categorically the most important work of American history I have ever read. Adams captures the defining political, philosophical and spiritual movements of his time, all in a style that is at once shrewdley analytical and deeply personal. 'The Education' should be read by anyone who claimes to know something about the world (college graduates in particular).
The Education is a very good book. It is sometimes boring, but is one of those books that you can skip around in and still learn a little bit about life (although I don't recommend doing this because the point of the novel is to show the part education played in Adams's life from beginning to end). It has a lot a philosophy in it, and makes you think about your own education, if your education is pertinent to today, what you want to achieve with your education, etc. Overall, very good, but before reading this autobiography, understand that Henry Adams wrote it in the 3rd person - I was completely confused for the first 50 pages or so.
This the most pretentious novel/historical non-fiction I have ever read. He has no direct connection to any historical event, but knows someone who does have the connection.