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"The difference is slight, to the influence of an author, whether he is read by 500 readers, or by five hundred thousand; if he can select the 500, he reaches the five hundred thousand." -- Brooks Adams
Peter Chardon Brooks Adams (June 24, 1848, Quincy, Massachusetts - February 13, 1927, Boston), was an American historian and a critic of capitalism. He graduated from Harvard University in 1870 and studied at Harvard Law School in 1870 and 1871.

He believed that commercial civilizations rise and fall in predictable cycles. First, masses of people draw together in large population centers and engage in commercial activities. As their desire for wealth grows, they discard spiritual and creative values. Their greed leads to distrust and dishonesty, and eventually the society crumbles. In The Law of Civilization and Decay (1895), Adams noted that as new population centers emerged in the west, centers of world trade shifted from Constantinople to Venice to Amsterdam to London. He predicted in America's Economic Supremacy (1900) that New York would become the world trade center.

Adams was a great-grandson of John Adams, a grandson of John Quincy Adams, the youngest son of U.S. diplomat Charles Francis Adams, and brother to Henry Brooks Adams, philosopher, historian, and novelist, whose theories of history were influenced by his work. His maternal grandfather was Peter Chardon Brooks, the wealthiest man in Boston at the time of his death.

The 1900 US Census shows Brooks Adams as living in Quincy, Mass. The Census report also shows he married Evelyn Davis around 1890. The census does not show the couple having any children.

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Total Books: 87
The Law of Civilization and Decay An Essay On History
2010 - The Law of Civilization and Decay an Essay on History (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781144460448
ISBN-10: 1144460441
Genre: History
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The Gold Standard A Historical Study
2010 - The Gold Standard a Historical Study [1895] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781120886071
ISBN-10: 1120886074
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Emancipation of Massachusetts
2010 - The Emancipation of Massachusetts (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781142527990
ISBN-10: 1142527999
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The Emancipation of Massachusetts The Dream and the Reality
2010 - The Emancipation of Massachusetts the Dream and the Reality (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781142933371
ISBN-10: 1142933377
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The New Empire
2010 - The New Empire (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781141453856
ISBN-10: 1141453851
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Railways As Public Agents A Study in Sovereignty
2010 - Railways As Public Agents a Study in Sovereignty (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781141473670
ISBN-10: 1141473674
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America'S Economic Supremacy Part 398
2010 - America's Economic Supremacy Part 398 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781141646104
ISBN-10: 1141646102
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The Law of Civilization and Decay  An Essay on History
2009 - The Law of Civilization and Decay an Essay on History [pt. 16] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151304117
ISBN-10: 1151304115
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America's Economic Supremacy
2009 - America's Economic Supremacy (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781151692351
ISBN-10: 1151692352
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The Theory of Social Revolutions
2009 - The Theory of Social Revolutions (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781151542519
ISBN-10: 1151542512
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Railways as Public Agents
2009 - Railways As Public Agents (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781458962690
ISBN-10: 1458962695
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America's Economic Supremacy -1900
2009 - America's Economic Supremacy -1900 (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781112271762
ISBN-10: 1112271767
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The Emancipation of Massachusetts -1887
2009 - The Emancipation of Massachusetts -1887 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781112301834
ISBN-10: 1112301836
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The Theory of Social Revolutions -1913
2009 - The Theory of Social Revolutions -1913 (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781112303814
ISBN-10: 1112303812
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Sensation Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection
2009 - Sensation Young British Artists From the Saatchi Collection (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780500238646
ISBN-10: 0500238642
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Philip Taaffe The Life Forms
2008 - Philip Taaffe the Life Forms (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783775721219
ISBN-10: 3775721215
Genre: Arts & Photography
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The Heritage of Henry Adams
2005 - The Heritage of Henry Adams (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781425478209
ISBN-10: 1425478204
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A Letter to American Teachers of History
2005 - A Letter to American Teachers of History (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781425478216
ISBN-10: 1425478212
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The Degradation Of The Democratic Dogma
2004 - The Degradation of the Democratic Dogma (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781417915989
ISBN-10: 1417915986
Genre: Nonfiction
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Writings On Cy Twombly
2003 - Writings on Cy Twombly (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9783888149542
ISBN-10: 3888149541
Genres: Arts & Photography, History
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Sensation  Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection
1997 - Sensation Young British Artists From the Saatchi Collection (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780900946578
ISBN-10: 0900946571
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Hair [Cooper-Hewitt Museum Exhibition Catalogue Series] (Paperback)