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

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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