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The Last American Aristocrat: The Brilliant Life and Improbable Education of Henry Adams
by David S. Brown
464 pages
Scribner (Simon & Schuster)
Published: November 2020

Published six weeks ago, “The Last American Aristocrat” is David S. Brown’s most recent biography. Brown is professor of history at Elizabethtown College and the author of five books including “Paradise Lost: A Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald” and “Richard Hofstadter: An Intellectual Biography.”

Henry Adams (1838-1918) is not a familiar figure to most modern readers but was a man of great renown in his day. The dour Henry, who descended from two presidents, was a Harvard-educated historian and Gilded Age author/intellectual best-known for…

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