Bitter Seed

A life of Henry Adams, the brilliant, sour, unlikable scion of an American political dynasty.

AMY S. GREENBERG, a historian at Penn State University, is the author of “Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk.” By AMY S. GREENBERG
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THE LAST AMERICAN ARISTOCRAT The Brilliant Life and Improbable Education of Henry Adams By David S. Brown Illustrated. 451 pp. Scribner. $30. BUSHES, ROOSEVELTS, KENNEDYS, Clintons: Where would any of them be without John Quincy Adams? That the son...

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