Exploring America as both a success and a failure, contradiction was the very impetus that compelled Adams to write Education, in which he was also able to voice his deep skepticism about mankind's power to control the direction of history. Written with immense wit and irony, reassembling the past while glimpsing the future, Adams' vision expresses what Henry James declared the "complex fate" to be an American. Today, it remains one of the most compelling works of American autobiography.
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But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. Salinger ^(;,;)^
Amazing. There are a just a few books (Meditations, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Brothers Karamazov, On the Nature of Things) 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 a amateur philosopher, this book will strongly resonate.
Perhaps it because I am not American (or because I started listening to this book on my own rather than studying it with a wise prof in university), I found this book didn't live up to its billing. Modern Library has ranked it as the best nonfiction book of all time. No doubt it is historically important, but the best of all time?
I still don't know. Book meandered in a forward motion of sorts but often seemingly without anything truly inspiring, unique, or quite frankly of substantive worth for me.
However, love the narrators voice*** And I did relate in a remarkable way to Henry's narration concerning his approach to his life while living it. I believe we would have been fine friends if time allowed. His honesty and stream of consciousness style of writing enabled a shared intimacy. In the end, a good background book for settling into a sweet nap...💤
Modern Library #1 Best Nonfiction in Existence. That sounds like they had a Bath-Salt Party on List Publication Day¥
A narrative more interesting than reading about a priveledged man travel thru life complaining about never learning anything.
This book is at the top of the MLA's Non-Fiction List. I'd hate to see what is at the bottom.
Agrarian aristocrat blithely devalues his immense advantages in life and accidentally records some history he is only present to witness because of his family name.
He then decides to write a philosophical treatise on complexity, evolution, and unity that he himself spent the first 80% of the book admitting he has no knowledge or education to write. His philosophy, 100 years later, are as muddled and incoherent as you'd expect.
Oh, and this literary abortion is really long, too.
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