A descendant of the famous Adams family (President John Adams), Henry Adams took "the different path." In a very readable and revealing story, Charles Adam tells about being brought up in a famous family but living a differnt life style. The book "The Intellectual Devotional-American History" states, "..an amazing chronicle of rhe nineteenth century and a work of literary art." It won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1919. In 1999 the Modern Library named the book as the greatest nonfiction work of the twentieth century! Read and enjoy!