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(Henry Adams and the Making of America.pdf) One of our greatest historians offers a surprising new view of the greatest historian of the nineteenth century Henry Adams br br Wills showcases Henry Adams s little known but seminal study of the early United States and elicits from it fresh insights on the paradoxes that roil America to this day Adams drew on his own southern fixation his extensive foreign travel his political service in Lincoln s White House and much more to invent the study of history as we know it His nine volume chronicle of America from to established new standards for employing archival sources firsthand reportage eyewitness accounts and other techniques that have become the essence of modern history br Adams s innovations went beyond the technical he posited an essentially ironic view of the legacy of Jefferson and Madison As is well known they strove to shield the young country from foreign entanglements a standing army a central bank and a federal bureaucracy among other hallmarks of big government Yet by the end of their tenures they had permanently entrenched all of these things in American society This is the American paradox that defines us today the idealized desire for isolation and political simplicity battling against the inexorable growth and intermingling of political economic and military forces As Wills compellingly shows the ironies spawned two centuries ago still inhabit our foreign policy and the widening schisms over economic and social policy br Ambitious in scope nuanced in detail and argument Henry Adams and the Making of America throws brilliant light on how history is made in both senses of the termDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming Henry Adams and the Making of America books for multiple devices.