The work of a notable academician is often honored with a festschrift or collection of essays written by former students and colleagues. The quality of the contributions can be the singular tribute to a teacher and scholar's career. These excellent essays, published in historian Commager's sixty-fifth year, speak with concern and comprehension of the rule of reason and individual freedom in American life. Eleven of these in the fields of legal and intellectual history are prefaced by personal appreciations from Richard B. Morris and Allan Nevins. The volume also contains a complete bibliography of Professor Commager's books, articles, essays, special speeches and addresses. Those who have enjoyed Commager's many articles in the New York Times Magazine and Saturday Review may want to have this book. Its primary usefulness, however, is academic.