Books: Long Sleep

THE FORMATIVE YEARS: A HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES DURING THE ADMINISTRATIONS OF JEFFERSON AND MADISON (1,030 pp.)—Henry Adams, condensed & edited by Herbert Agar—Houghton Mifflin ($10).

Citizens of all sorts and sizes have read The Education of Henry Adams, his Mont Saint Michel and Chartres, and the several collections of Adams' witty, cranky, sardonic letters (TIME, Jan. 20). But the History of the United States during the Administrations of Jefferson and Madison has been left almost wholly to the professionals—for the simple and ample reason that it is nine volumes long.


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