The Education of Henry Adams

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  1. WILLIAM2 says:

    Epistemological inquiry in the form of self denigrating autobiography Written in the third person, at times overbearingly acerbic Author Henry Adams was grandson of President John Quincy Adams and great grandson of President John Adams He was a Boston Puritan born in 1838 who at sixteen attended Harvard College severely berated here and went on to pursue a career as a journalist, novelist and historian His historical gamut stretches from the American Revolution to the years just before World Epistemological inquiry in the form of self denigrating autobiography Written in the third person, at times overbearingly acerbic Author Henry Adams was grandson of President John Quincy Adams and great grandson of President John Adams He was a Boston Puritan born in 1838 who at sixteen attended Harvard College severely berated here and went on to pursue a career as a journalist, novelist and historian His historical gamut stretches from the American Revolution to the years just before World War I His writing is wry with patches of brilliance and, less often, turgidity There are some extraordinary scenes In one it s 1860 and Henry Adams travels as a courier for the American consulate to Sicily to find Garibaldi in the Senate house toward sunset, at supper with his picturesque and piratic staff, in the full noise and color of the Palermo revolution He also meets William Makepeace Thackery, Robert Browning, Algernon Swinburne, Charles Lyell, Ulysses S Grant, Rudyard Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson, to name a few.It was fascinating for me to learn that in 1861, when the author arrived in England as a private secretary to his U.S diplomat father, that the British recognized the legitimacy of the Confederate belligerency and came close two years later to recognizing the Confederacy as a state Then came the Trent Affair in which two Confederate diplomats Mason and Slidel were seized by a U.S vessel from a British mail steamer clearly an act of war The author describes the tentativeness of their position in London at the time Mostly the first half of the book is a merciless dissection of British royalty, society, manners, dining ugh , and eccentricity in general in the latter half if the 19th century Adams views it as wholly self centered and self regarding, a closed world without lessons to offer him He s says so in a singular, scabrous overview that s at times very funny It occurs to me that the The Education of Henry Adams 1906 whether intentionally or not serves as a kind of corrective to James Boswell s The Life of Samuel Johnson 1819 In it many of the assumptions underlying that earlier work are called into question Dr Johnson s famous bromide When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life gets a thorough refutation.Adams insights come at the expense of himself and anyone nearby His irony morphs at times into vitriol Lauded as a unique view on the American story I think it very well may be This has for me been one of those great interstitial reads, in which, using the framework of autobiography, the writer is able to cover many of the nooks and crannies of history often overlooked ingeneral texts Neil Sheehan does much the same thing but with biography in his Bright Shining Lie John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam I recommend both books highly, though from a literary point of view Sheehan s is the better written work.Time has not been kind to Adams style Though there must have been a day when it was considered muscular, its phrasing today strikes one as slightly archaic and stilted at times Its historical insights may be unique, but the text s omissions are as telling as its inclusions Indeed, Henry Adams world seems strangely Islamic with half its population going unmentioned Women had virtually no role in the society of his day they certainly did not have the vote except as helpmeets and incubators of heirs It s very strange to read historiography which excludes them so painstakingly Tellingly, Clover, his wife of many years, is completely written out of the book This seems truly strange when one learns by way of a Wikipedia search that in 1885 she killed herself by drinking darkroom chemicals Adams takes a page or two to rhapsodize about the Augustus St Gaudens statue he commissioned for her grave, in Rock Creek Cemetery, but he never tells us it s for his wife This we must learn by independent means It is the ultimate form of self denigration to declare that one is beyond education The kind of almost omniscient learnedness that Adams pursues is a literary convention that dates to the ancients He returns to this hobbyhorse over and over It wears thin, for he is only able to keep to his steed by views increasingly abstract The writing always a challenge grow less coherent the deeper into the book we go So an at times fascinating if ultimately problematic read

  2. Darwin8u says:

    Amazing There are a just a few books Meditations, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Brothers Karamazov 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 an amateur philosopher, this book will strongly resonate.

  3. Justin Evans says:

    One of the oddest books I ve ever read, and am ever likely to read an autobiography written in the third person, which tells us almost nothing at all about the author central character, this seemslike a pre modernist bildungsroman than anything else The weirdness doesn t end there Henry Adams spends much of his time philosophizing about history while the narrator call him Mr Adams spends most of his time explaining that Henry Adams is a fool who has no idea what he s talking about He One of the oddest books I ve ever read, and am ever likely to read an autobiography written in the third person, which tells us almost nothing at all about the author central character, this seemslike a pre modernist bildungsroman than anything else The weirdness doesn t end there Henry Adams spends much of his time philosophizing about history while the narrator call him Mr Adams spends most of his time explaining that Henry Adams is a fool who has no idea what he s talking about Henry Adams involves himself in politics, the academy, and Grand Tourism but Mr Adams rants about the uselessness of politics and the academy, and rolls his eyes at Henry s failure to understand or properly enjoy any of the things he sees while Grand Touring As if that s not hard enough to deal with, Mr Adams assumes that you ve already heard of him and all his friends, and that you know what they were about Sometimes this works okay for instance, I know a bit about Swinburne and the presidents he encounters often it doesn t Henry, Mr King and Mr Hay were clearly very close friends, but what exactly the latter two did, what they believed, and what impact their actions had on the greater world remains a mystery to me If you re deeply versed in 19th century American politics, you ll probably find his comments on those men and dozens of others amusing and interesting I am not so versed Despite which, this is an amazing, brilliant book, well worth the considerable effort needed to read it, because Mr Adams and Henry Adams are pretty obviously men you would like to spend time with in heaven One of them, or maybe both, would amuse you with lines such as Modern politics is, at bottom, a struggle not of men but of forces The men become every yearandcreatures of force, massed about central power houses The conflict is no longer between the men, but between the motors that drive the men, and the men tend to succumb to their own motive forces and Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds I don t know, though, if I d like to spend much time chatting with Adams himself

  4. Quo says:

    The Education of Henry Adams stands as an amazing, formidable 5oo page book but it can also be at times exhausting to read Henry Adams was one of the most educated men in America s history, the great grandson of John Adams, the nation s 2nd president and the grandson of John Quincy Adams, the 6th American president And while a lifelong learner, a diplomat, a world traveler, a well regarded author, a historian of considerable reputation, a talented linguist, both a graduate of and a professor f The Education of Henry Adams stands as an amazing, formidable 5oo page book but it can also be at times exhausting to read Henry Adams was one of the most educated men in America s history, the great grandson of John Adams, the nation s 2nd president and the grandson of John Quincy Adams, the 6th American president And while a lifelong learner, a diplomat, a world traveler, a well regarded author, a historian of considerable reputation, a talented linguist, both a graduate of and a professor for 7 years at Harvard University, he employs the word Education in a most ironic fashion And interestingly, the entire tale is told in the 3rd person.It may seem rather a mystery that Henry Adams, born as Clifton Fadiman once said, not with a silver spoon but with an entire mouthful of silver , spends so much of his semi autobiography being so self effacing But one can only imagine how much pressure there may have been on someone with that extreme a gift of social standing political legacy not to have ever been elected or even to have sought public office and not to have had any children to carry on the heritage of the Adams Family And yet, all of his Adams predecessors seemed to value the quality of being a statesman rather than a politician What to make of this book with its rather constant references to education as accidentally gained a failure in the case of Mr Henry Adams My thought is that, rather than a disguised memoir, The Education of Henry Adams seems a masterful treatise contrasting the dominant forces of the 11th 12th centuries with what he envisioned to be the driving force on the eve of the 20th, with most of Adams professional life lived in the 2nd half of the 19th century.There is a continuous search for a unifying force in both the medieval phase of world history, that which Henry Adams taught as a chaired professor at Harvard and the age of science machinery Eventually, though seemingly a fairly secular man, Adams settles on the concept of the Virgin Mary as the principal harnessing force of the medieval period and the turbine as its equivalent in the modern era In fact, The Education of Henry Adams acts as a kind of sequel to his earlier Mont Saint Michel Chartres, the much briefer book that encapsulates the author s fascination with the image of the Virgin as a driving force and with medieval cathedrals as the period s symbolic thrust Adams felt that between the pyramids of 3,000 BCE the cross which became a unifying Christian symbol in 300 C.E, no new forces arose to affect western progress.Later in his book, Adams spends time dealing with just how the microscope the telescope changed the manner in which we look both inward outward, in both cases to expand horizons It was Adams grand design to trace development backward from modern multiplicity to medieval unity in this 2nd volume, whereas the earlier work had gravitated in the direction of unity Much of this book considers moral vs political authority Henry Adams details the many journeys he took in search of an enhanced knowledge of the world at large and as an antidote to his frustration with life in Washington He traveled at various times to the Far East, Egypt, the Middle East and to the Pacific Islands, as well as making countless trans Atlantic crossings to Europe Great Britain At one point, he commented that all the historian won was a vehement wish to escape At age 65, he decided that his education was complete he was sorry that he d ever began it Being named Adams born in 1838 seemed both a supreme gift a curse, with a constant goal of establishing his own identity, that of a scholar, at the root of much of what he accomplished in life Ultimately, Henry Adams concluded that the great initial promise of American Democracy had begun a process of disintegration, becoming increasingly tarnished by the administrations of Jackson Grant, among others However, in spite of this seeming pessimism, he continued to study to intellectually counter the concepts of chaos vs continuity and force vs inertia What one reviewer ages ago termed sentimental nihilism seems instead to be a rather serious very compelling attempt at self analysis, couched in prose passages I found in many cases to be quite uplifting There is no question that Mr Adams was a Boston Brahman with a very aristocratic bent many would fault the book for the author s seeming intolerance of Jews those of a less patrician background At one point while abroad, he makes reference to great masses of idle ignorant tourists While he failed to incorporate a broader spectrum of humanity into his worldview, I suspect that this was a rather common failing for children of great privilege born almost two centuries ago Henry died before women got the vote but after African American males did and he seems to have taken little notice of the latter, though D.C at that point in history was still considered a very southern town And while quite definitely against slavery the southern secession that led to the Civil War, Adams spent the entire period of the war assisting his father in London, appointed by President Lincoln, acting as aide de camp to his father s ambassadorial position for 7 years, in large measure working to prevent the British from assisting the Confederacy, especially when it appeared that the northern forces were likely to lose the war The image of Henry Adams as a kind of Faust figure seems apt at times but he was known as a loyal friend devoted to his brothers a sister, whose death at 40 while living in Italy was a serious blow to his sense of well being, though not nearly as large a jolt as the death of his wife, for she Henry were a devoted couple frequently entertained America s best brightest at their home in the nation s capital In fact, one of thediscomforting aspects of The Education of Henry Adams is the failure to mention the death of Henry s wife or anything else during a 20 year gap Again, Adams saw himself as a failure in many respects the two books were self published, not made available to the general public until after his death, though his 7 volume work on the early American presidents 2 novels, published anonymously, were quite successful Beyond that, a stroke put an end to Adams work on his primary autobiographical legacy, The Education What I think limits the book somewhat is an overabundance of names of cabinet members of the various presidential administrations the many political figures he encountered while in England Beyond that, Henry Adams rather too ambitiously posits a kind of over arching theory of the universe, even invoking prehistory but always through the lens of a historian, rather constantly admitting that a classical Harvard education failed to bestow on him the required mathematics the tools of science to fully navigate within an increasingly dynamic world In spite of that, he tried to read everything he could muster on science attempted to master the field of statistics as well What The Education of Henry Adams really ends of being is a very personal work of veiled epistemology, though with a third person point of view, constantly asking what one man or woman can possibly really understand about the nature of life, particularly given the author s distrust of political reality, this in spite of having spent much of his life in the nation s capital either writing about the presidency the congress or being part of the the inner circle of those who governed America over his approximately 60 years on the scene.All a teacher can do is to teach a student to react to forces To educate one s self to begin with had been the effort of one s life for 60 years the difficulties of education had seemed to go on doubling every 10 years No scheme could be suggested to the new American but the great influx of new forces seemed near at hand its style of education promised to be violently coercive The movement from unity to multiplicity, between 1200 1900, was unbroken in sequence rapid in acceleration Prolonged one generation longer, it would require a new social mind It must enter a new phase subject to new laws Thus far, for five or ten thousand years, the mind has successfully reacted, and nothing yet proved that it would fail to react but it would need to jump My edition of the book is a 1931 Modern Library hardcover edition, bound in signature it should last another century All but 2 of 20 versions listed at G R are not in fact bound books but Kindle editions, with the remaining 2 both paperbacks Evenamazing is that the Modern Library declared that the 1919 Pulitzer Prize winning The Education of Henry Adams was their choice as the best non fiction book of the 20th Century, though it does not have a very large reviewership at Goodreads

  5. Roy Lotz says:

    Oncethis is a story of education, not of adventure It is meant to help young men or such as have intelligence enough to seek help but it is not meant to amuse them. Everyone agrees that this book is difficult and odd An autobiography of an American man of letters, the son of a diplomat, grandson of a president, historian, journalist, secretary, all told in the third person, written for his private circle of friends At once claiming to be the story of one man s life, a critique of th Oncethis is a story of education, not of adventure It is meant to help young men or such as have intelligence enough to seek help but it is not meant to amuse them. Everyone agrees that this book is difficult and odd An autobiography of an American man of letters, the son of a diplomat, grandson of a president, historian, journalist, secretary, all told in the third person, written for his private circle of friends At once claiming to be the story of one man s life, a critique of the educational methods of the nineteenth century, a parable of the fin de si cle, and a new theory of history, the book is, in reality, none of the above, and is instead the sigh of an old man looking back on his life I must admit that I found this book exasperating in the extreme One quickly gets the impression that, when Adams uses the word education, it is meaningless or worse than meaningless He goes to London with his father, and becomes intimately acquainted with the workings of British politics, all during the difficult years of the American Civil War, and complains that he received no useful education He teaches at Harvard for seven years, a professor of Medieval History, and concludes On the whole, he was content neither with what he had taught nor with the way he had taught it The seven years in teaching seemed to him lost He becomes a journalist in the capital, and then works on a seven volume history of America during Jefferson s presidency and still, after all this, he insists he has received no useful education And after every phase of his life, when Adams rings the same gloomy bell, the reader asks What on earth would satisfy you, Mr Adams Another exasperating element is the degree to which Adams assumes a familiarity with the intricacies of 19th century politics Reading the chapters when he was in England felt like reading a grocer s shopkeeping books It was disjointed, jerky, and, worst of all, didn t explain a thing At first, I assumed this difficulty resulted from Adams s originally writing the book for his circle of friends but the obscurity goes even further it is as if Adams wrote the book only for himself The book swings wildly in tone from dry note taking to half formed and half coherent abstractions, all written in a prose style lucidly opaque Adams also gives the impression of being a bit muddle headed He spends some time talking about Lyell s geology and Darwin s evolution, and it soon becomes apparent he understands neither He goes on long tangents about force, while it is obvious that what Adams means by that word is as meaningless as what he means by education He ends the book on a very confused and seemingly pointless attempt to give a mathematical explanation of history, but never reaches above vague commonplaces, endlessly repeated I seldom came across an insight of his that was insightful In short, the impression was that Adams had taken all of the stuff of his life his doings, his friendships, his thoughts, his career, his background and left it out to bake in the hot sun, until all the savor and succulence was scorched out of it, leaving only a tough jerky that wearies the jaw in the attempt to chew the husk Still, after all this, I must admit that this book has a strange power There were times I could not put it down, even when I felt I wasn t understanding a thing Adams always seemed to be only two steps away from a great insight, an astounding thought but he never quite reaches it, which is why the book can seem so tragic He was always searching and never finding and the reader is left in doubt what he was searching for, and whether anyone will ever find it In his elegant, knotty prose, he turns out aphorism after aphorism all apparently insightful, but in reality empty popping like soap bubbles leaving nothing but air And what saves the book is that Adams knew this, and yet could do nothing better

  6. Mackenzie says:

    there is no book like this anywhere else in American literature It annoys, it fascinates, it bores, it amuses a densely textured, thoughtful, at times exasperating story of growing up in the American 19th Century by the great grandson of one president and the grandson of another who freely admits he should have lived in the 18th Century.

  7. Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin says:

    Henry Adams the Great Grandson of John Adams wrote this Autobiography on his observations growing up in Boston and Quincey Massachusettes Going to Harvard As a Diplomatic Attache in Britain during the Civil War As a newspaper reporter and professor The narrative is a commentary on Adams bewilderment at the accelerating changes of his time and his struggle to understand the people and events around him Lost in the landslide of the late 19th century which would only grow larger in the 20th a Henry Adams the Great Grandson of John Adams wrote this Autobiography on his observations growing up in Boston and Quincey Massachusettes Going to Harvard As a Diplomatic Attache in Britain during the Civil War As a newspaper reporter and professor The narrative is a commentary on Adams bewilderment at the accelerating changes of his time and his struggle to understand the people and events around him Lost in the landslide of the late 19th century which would only grow larger in the 20th and 21st century He captures the growing vertigo of modernity and peoples place in a world dominated by great tectonic shifting forces He had his pulse on the changes that would make his times and the times to come as interesting in the way of the Chinese curse

  8. Brendan says:

    Henry Adams was the original celebutante famous for nothing other than being related to the two John Adams es , he was in the unique position of having access to the upper crust of post revolutionary America without having the burden of any kind of responsibility.This book is a guided tour of 19th Century America, told with surprising wit and self awareness his description of Harvard as and I m paraphrasing, but only slightly a place where rich children went to drink beer and call themselve Henry Adams was the original celebutante famous for nothing other than being related to the two John Adams es , he was in the unique position of having access to the upper crust of post revolutionary America without having the burden of any kind of responsibility.This book is a guided tour of 19th Century America, told with surprising wit and self awareness his description of Harvard as and I m paraphrasing, but only slightly a place where rich children went to drink beer and call themselves lawyers is fantastic It humanizes a period of history that is too often reduced to formality and statues and,amazingly, provides a picture of life American history that s genuinely fun to read

  9. Manray9 says:

    Nothing I could write would do justice to The Education of Henry Adams Adams combines erudition, keen observation, wit and clear prose in creating the best example of the memoirist s art.

  10. Frank Stein says:

    When this book was published posthumously in 1918, it attracted rave reviews and a Pulitzer Prize Over the years, it became one of those rare books that other people wrote books about, analyzing it and dissecting its intricacies When this edition was published in 1999, modern library declared it the number one nonfiction book of the twentieth century Imagine my surprise, then, when I read it and discovered that it does not deserves such plaudits Rather, I can say with some confidence, and no When this book was published posthumously in 1918, it attracted rave reviews and a Pulitzer Prize Over the years, it became one of those rare books that other people wrote books about, analyzing it and dissecting its intricacies When this edition was published in 1999, modern library declared it the number one nonfiction book of the twentieth century Imagine my surprise, then, when I read it and discovered that it does not deserves such plaudits Rather, I can say with some confidence, and not just as a matter of taste, that it is not a good book.Perhaps there is a certain type of reader, schooled in Emersonian flights of fancy, or latinate circumlocutions, that thrills to this sort of book, but I doubt they would thrill for long It is filled with glittering generalities about Force, Mind, Matter, Thought, Science, and so on, usually elaborated with sentences with over three semicolons in them What Adams is getting at in all these metaphysical maunderings is hard to tell, despite the maddening repetition of the book It s something about the history of humanity being a struggle between man and nature, or between countervailing and accelerating forces, which the industrial world has merely bought to a climax, but which forces are already escaping our control Or something like that What this really means and why I should believe it, I haven t the foggiest The fact that every observation or action is framed under the conceit of furthering the student s Adam s education, is both tedious and tenuous.The only interesting parts of the book, though they are snuck in between the speculations, are stories of Adams s actual life of his being silently dragged to a Quincy, Massachusetts elementary school by his grandfather, former President John Quincy Adams about traveling to Washington DC to work with his congressman father, Charles Francis Adams to DC during the treason winter of 1860 61 and then as private secretary to his father when the latter was appointed Minister to the Court of St James for the course of the Civil War Adams knew just about everybody of importance in the era, from Prime Minister Lord Palmerston to President Theodore Roosevelt, and his quick character sketches of these men Palmerston s passion for popularity, Roosevelt as pure act can be interesting His time as professor of Medieval History at Harvard, a subject for which he admits he knew nothing and cared less when appointed, and his later career as a Washington socialite are less scintillating His longtime friendship with Secretary of State John Hay, and noted geologist Clarence King add some pathos to the story, but they are only seen in glances Mostly, this book is better left on the shelf of classics, where it can linger unread and un missed

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