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Jack Fruchtman Jr.Yarbrough's study of Thomas Jefferson's concerns about character is more than a fresh investigation of Jefferson's ideas: it is in many respects a way to determine whether these ideas are useable in our own time. The results are manifold. Not only has Yarbrough crafted a provocative, occasionally maddening study, but she also brings a much-needed corrective to Jefferson studies, especially to the work of Garry Wills and Richard Matthews and also, to a lesser extent, Lance Banning. . . . There is a great deal to recommend this study--not only to Jefferson scholars, but to all those who have any sensibility about the virtue of a people's character."
—American Historical Review