I loved this book, because it’s all about the stuff that fascinates me about the Founders, particularly Jefferson. Does not necessarily make it for everyone. But if you wish you read Latin (or if you do and wish that everyone else did, too).
One of the central claims is that the early period examined – sort of late late colonial to the early 1800s – was heavily influenced by Roman and Latin history and philosophy. Later, as ideas of classical virtue declined, Greek to precedence.
He closes with an epilogue that addresses contemporary issues, including Trump, and how classical learning, especially Latin, can help.
While I don’t disagree, he never properly made that case in the previous two hundred odd pages. Too bad.