Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is one of the finest historians of our age. A former special assistant to President Kennedy, he received the National Humanities Medal in 1998. In this first volume of memoirs, Schlesinger turns a keen eye on his own remarkable life - from his Midwestern upbringing, through his days at Harvard, to his involvement with World War II.
The engrossing story of his life reads like a timeline of the 20th century. With anecdotes featuring the major politicians, intellectuals, and entertainers of the era, it is easy to see why Dr. Henry Kissinger called this work "one of the definitive histories of the period." Schlesinger’s shrewd observations and sharp wit have long helped Americans understand who they are and where they’ve come from. Now his own story comes to life with a lucid, often humorous narration by Nelson Runger.
Sclessinger read and interpreted by Nelson Runger provides a very enjoyable experience well worth a couple of listens.
This memoir, more of an intimate history of the times, focuses on the people more than mere events in telling in a vivid fashion what is was like to grow up and live in the first fifty years of the momentous twentieth century. Schlessinger draws from his personal experiences to describe the interwar years in the Ivy League, then a very comprehensive yet readable account of the New Deal, or, rather the New Dealers. Throw in the liberalalization of U.S. politics, including the nascent Communists and finish with a most unusual look at Harry Truman, and you have a very intoxicating look at the first half of the century.
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