"Mr. Stout writes so revealingly about the upper class on the frontier that one longs for a deeper look into the members of the other social strata that took the young United States westward."
"A family's history reveals the roots of America's 'capitalist
ethos.' Drawing on abundant archival sources, Stout presents a detailed history of the fortunes and aspirations of a single American family, the Andersons of Kentucky, from 1750 to 1888..."
"Tackling social, economic, cultural, and religious issues, Stout's book provides a fresh counterpoint to the often undue focus on the Eastern seaboard by historians of our nation's birth and first century."
—Grant Wacker, author of America's Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation
—Laurie Maffly-Kipp, Washington University in St. Louis
—Daniel Walker Howe, author of Pulitzer-Prize-winning What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848
—Christopher Grasso, Professor, Department of History, College of William and Mary
—Richard D. Brown, author of Self-Evident Truths: Contesting Equal Rights from the Revolution to the Civil War
-John Mack Faragher, Howard R. Lamar Professor of American History Emeritus, Yale University