Books: The Widow & the Senator

DEMOCRACY (246 pp.)—Henry Adams —Farrar, Straus & Young ($3.50).

Being the grandson of one U.S. president and the great-grandson of another, Henry Adams was nurtured in the cozy expectation that he might one day become the third in line. That he turned out to be a Harvard history professor so disappointed him that he spent most of his life investigating what sort of a world it was that didn't have a better use for Henry.

In the course of this investigation Adams made himself an American historian of absolutely first rank, a shrewd political...

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