Thorndike Press

The Last American Aristocrat: The Brilliant Life and Improbable Education of Henry Adams

  • David S. Brown
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  • ISBN-10: 1432887696
  • ISBN-13: 9781432887698
  • DDC: B
  • Shipping Weight: 1.80 lbs ( .82 kgs)
  • 714 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released June 2021

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A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

Henry Adams is perhaps the most eclectic, accomplished, and important American writer of his time. His autobiography and modern classic The Education of Henry Adams was widely considered one of the best English-language nonfiction books of the 20th century. He’s remembered today as a historian, a political commentator, and a memoirist. Presenting intimate and insightful details of a fascinating and unusual American life and a new window on 19th century U.S. history, The Last American Aristocrat shows us a more “modern” and “human” Henry Adams than ever before.


Customer Reviews

“The fully fleshed-out Adams that emerges in these pages is irascible, self-contradictory, and always fascinating. Readers will be thrilled by this standout portrait of the man and his era.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“A fresh, top-notch biography . . . A splendid addition to the shelf of books about a distinctive, ever elusive figure in American history.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Brown, who expertly places Adams in the context of his time, shows how Adams shaped his distinctively detached and ironic point of view. He tracks Adams’ developing conviction that industrial modernism would cause the decay of western civilization and deconstructs Adams’ nineteenth-century attitudes.”

— Booklist