Democracy by Henry Adams
An American Novel (Modern Library Classics)

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An immediate bestseller upon its publication in 1880, the anonymously penned Democracy prompted widespread speculation and guessing games as to its author’s identity. It is the story of Mrs. Lightfoot Lee, a society widow, and Silas Ratcliffe, the most influential member of the Senate, who, throughout the novel, pursues Mrs. Lee while at the same time battling her for power. Set in Washington in the 1870s, Democracy presents a scathing and incisive look at the intricate inner workings of politics and corruption that remains relevant today.

This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the 1880 first edition and includes a contemporary review from The Atlantic Monthly.

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About Henry Adams

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Henry Adams (1838-1918) was author of "The Education of Henry Adams", two novels, and numerous hooks and articles.
Published December 18, 2007 by Modern Library. 134 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Education & Reference, Romance, History, Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Non-fiction

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The New York Review of Books

In the nation’s capital Adams found active and intelligent contemporaries, eager for reform, rallied by Secretary of the Treasury Hugh McCulloch—”the broadest, most liberal, most genial and most practical public man in Washington”—united by the conviction that, after the Civil War, the whole poli...

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