"A solid intellectual biography. . . .
Against the loss of standards and our age's myriad confusions,
[Barzun] has long stood for an engaged critical intelligence,
built on serious reading, skill in writing clear and direct English,
and 'a long tradition of thought.' To Barzun it remains,
as Murray's book stirringly reminds us,
'a matter of honor to keep up the fight for the cultured, civilized life.'
That's one of the few fights that's always worth fighting."
—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post