The reviewer says nothing about Unger's sources, and considering that previous works by this author have suffered from a very thin base of research, this would be worth exploring in a review. It should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the assembly line of breezy and adulatory "biographies" Unger churns out that this one "in general is favorable to a fault. Readers may wonder if Rush had any shortcomings at all, as Unger presents the Founding Father’s many accomplishments and pioneering feats with such great enthusiasm." Well, it's pretty hard to find any modern scholar with such a rosy view of Benjamin Rush and his weird ideas on education, gender, and medicine, let alone politics. And does anybody think Rush "healed a nation" any more than that about five other founders chronicled by Unger "saved the nation" if we're to believe their subtitles? I have not read this latest installment, but my encounter with Unger's gushing biography of Henry Clay -- which was littered with major factual errors, involved almost no research in widely-available primary sources, was totally unaware of scholarly debates about Clay's controversial life -- was quite enough for me.
Peter Knupfer, Michigan State University