The Five of Hearts by Patricia O'Toole
An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and His Friends, 1880-1918

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The Five of Hearts, who first gathered in Washington in the Gilded Age, included Henry Adams, historian and scion of America's first political dynasty; his wife, Clover, gifted photographer and tragic victim of depression; John Hay, ambassador and secretary of state; his wife, Clara, a Midwestern heiress; and Clarence King, pioneering geologist, entrepreneur, and man of mystery. They knew every president from Abraham Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt and befriended Henry James, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, and a host of other illustrious figures on both sides of the Atlantic.
 

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Patricia O'Toole is also the author of Money and Morals in America: A History and The Five of Hearts: An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and His Friends, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She teaches writing at Columbia University and lives in New York City.
 
Published November 1, 2007 by Simon & Schuster. 459 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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O'Toole (Corporate Messiah, 1984) gives an excellent account of Henry Adams and his circle of friends in Washington, focusing on the years 1880-1918 and including everything that Ernest Samuels (the three-volumed Henry Adams, 1948-1964) glossed over.

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