Books: Growing Up Distinguished

DIARY OF CHARLES FRANCIS ADAMS (Volumes I & II). 983 pages. Harvard University. $20.

The most remarkable family in American history made sure its good deeds did not go unrecorded. All the prominent Adamses of Massachusetts kept voluminous diaries in which they quarreled with their enemies, justified their own acts, occasionally fell into despair or soared into poetry. As part of its mammoth project to publish the Adams family papers, Harvard University Press has already brought out four volumes of John Adams' diaries. Now it is Charles Francis Adams' turn.

Third and youngest son of President John Quincy Adams and father of Historians...

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