"Klein's study will be illuminating to a broad range of scholars, including philosophers, literary specialists, and historians of political thought, religion, the arts, and manners. It highlights Shaftesbury's political purposes but does not ignore his more frequently studied ideas regarding philosophy and morality. The book's strength is that it evaluates the bulk of Shaftesbury's writings, showing how complex and multifaceted a thinker he was." Marjorie Morgan, American Historical Review
"Klein's argument is a solid historical one....his book is an intelligent and useful attempt to see Shaftesbury steadily and whole." John Sitter, SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
"Klein's study of Shaftesbury is rich and insightful ... his is also virtually the only stand alone contemporary treatment of Shaftesbury."
International Journal of the Classical Tradition