Robertson Hall, Princeton UniversityPrinceton, NJ 08544
Winner of the 2017 Joseph J. Spengler Best Book Prize, History of Economics SocietyFinalist for the 2017 Hayek Prize, The Manhattan InstituteOne of Bloomberg View’s Great History Books of 2016
Thomas Leonard has crafted an elegant, original, andcleverly argued account of core progressive ideas.Illiberal Reformers is deeply researched, and far ranging inthe deployment of primary sources. Leonard has not justrecycled material from the voluminous secondary literatures on eugenics, economics, immigration, race ‘theory,’labor studies, and Darwinism. Instead he has invariablyread key thinkers’ publications and quotes from theseprimary documents, often to devastating effect.The book is a major achievement.
– Desmond King, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of American Politics, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.