To come to grips with Henry Adams and his place in American history, one must, of course, follow the lead of these books and turn to the man himself and his works. Adams was born in 1838, two years after the death of James Madison. He died in 1918, when Ronald Reagan was seven years old. In his active and productive life, he wrote political journalism, scholarly essays, biography, novels, and a voluminous history of early 19th-century America, in addition to the two books that later generations have found less easy to categorize but more inviting to read: Mont Saint Michel and Chartres (1913) and The Education of Henry Adams (1918)… to continue reading please click here.