PositiveThe Philadelphia Inquirer[Unger] demonstrate[s] how Rush seemed equally ahead of and behind his times in medical and social issues ... enjoyable...and successfully present[s] a man who never quit, even in the face of failure or public humiliation.
PositiveThe Philadelphia InquirerFried\'s massive tome reads like a true biography, chronologically tracing every bit of detail related to what could have influenced Rush and, in turn, where he had influence. The book serves as a superb primer on the Revolutionary and early federal periods of America. Broken up into two parts, the 42 chapters are merely numbered and sometimes end for no reason seemingly other than length ... No anecdote seems too trite for Fried. For example, he covers fruitless romantic flings in detail... Fried seems to strain to place Rush near important names and events ... At other times, Fried\'s passion for detail is more than warranted ...
Sometimes Fried\'s inexperience with the period can show ... but...[Fried\'s book\'s] enjoyable...and successfully present[s] a man who never quit, even in the face of failure or public humiliation.