This remarkable assortment gathers the never-before-seen correspondence of a real American original—the acclaimed historian and lion of the liberal institution, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
An consultant to presidents, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and tireless champion of revolutionary executive, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., was once additionally an inveterate letter author. certainly, the time period “man of letters” might simply were coined for Schlesinger, a devoted and prolific correspondent whose wide variety of affiliates integrated robust public officers, remarkable literary figures, well known reporters, Hollywood celebrities, and uncommon fellow scholars.
The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. unearths the overdue historian’s unvarnished perspectives at the nice matters and personalities of his time, from the sunrise of the chilly battle to the aftermath of September eleven. this is Schlesinger’s correspondence with such icons of yankee statecraft as Harry Truman, Adlai Stevenson, Hubert Humphrey, Henry Kissinger, invoice Clinton, and, after all, John and Robert Kennedy (including an in depth critique of JFK’s manuscript for Profiles in Courage). There are letters to buddies and confidants resembling Eleanor Roosevelt, John Kenneth Galbraith, Gore Vidal, William Styron, and Jacqueline Kennedy (to whom Schlesinger sends his handwritten condolences within the hours after her husband’s assassination), and exchanges with such not likely pen buddies as Groucho Marx, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Bianca Jagger. eventually, there are Schlesinger’s many considerate replies to the inquiries of standard electorate, within which he bargains his observations on impacts, problems with the day, and the craft of writing history.
Written with the diversity and perception that made Schlesinger an integral determine, those letters replicate the evolution of his thought—and of yank liberalism—from the Forties to the 1st decade of the recent millennium. even if he's arguing opposed to the advantages of preemptive battle, advocating for a extra forceful coverage on civil rights, or just explaining his choice in neckwear (“For sloppy eaters bow ties are a godsend”), Schlesinger unearths himself as a powerful debater and consummate wit who reveled in rhetorical wrestle. To a detractor who accuses him of being a Communist sympathizer, he writes: “If your letter was once the made from honest false impression, the evidence i've got pointed out may still relieve your brain. If no longer, i will purely commend you to the closest psychiatrist.” in different places, he castigates a destiny Speaker of the home, John Boehner, for misattributing quotations to Abraham Lincoln.
Combining a political strategist’s figuring out of the current second with a historian’s information that the eyes of posterity have been consistently looking at him, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., assisted in shaping the process an period with those letters. This landmark assortment frames the amazing dynamism of the twentieth-century and guarantees that Schlesinger’s legacy will proceed to persuade this one.
Praise for The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
“Schlesinger’s political intelligence in his correspondence is great, the extent of discourse and goal excessive, the feel of accountability as prepared because the experience of enjoyable. . . . the easiest letters—and there are many—come from the typewriter of the general public Schlesinger, the scuffling with liberal, specifically whilst he’s jousting with a provocative antagonist.”—George Packer, The ny instances ebook Review
“Arthur Schlesinger’s letters are jam-packed with own, political, and ancient insights into the tumultuous occasions and large personalities that ruled the mid-twentieth century.”—President invoice Clinton