A Political Companion to Henry Adams

A Political Companion to Henry Adams

Political Companions to Great American Authors

Edited by Natalie Fuehrer Taylor

Contributions by Russell L. Hanson, B.H. Gilley, Michael Colacurcio, Denise Dutton, Natalie Fuehrer Taylor, Henry Steele Commager, Richard Samuelson, Patrick J. Deneen, James P. Young and Wilson Carey McWilliams

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

Imprint: The University Press of Kentucky

284 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in

  • Hardcover
  • 9780813125909
  • Published: September 2010


  • Paperback
  • 9780813147383
  • Published: August 2014



Henry Adams, great-grandson of John Adams, grandson of John Quincy Adams, and author of the Pulitzer Prize--winning The Education of Henry Adams, is often overlooked as a serious political thinker. Many scholars have dismissed his writings as cynical and bitter while others regard him as a mere observer of American politics, accepting Adams's description of himself as a "stable-companion to statesmen." A Political Companion to Henry Adams suggests that he was far more.

In this provocative collection, editor Natalie Fuehrer Taylor presents works by some of the leading political thinkers in America today -- scholars who challenge conventional judgments about the life and work of Henry Adams and credit him with revealing key insights into the nation's evolving democracy.

A Political Companion to Henry Adams fills a long-standing gap in scholarship that has devoted little attention to Adams's political thought, offering a nuanced appreciation of his musings on the human condition and political life at the eve of the twentieth century.