A life of Brownson to end all lives of Brownson. The author never ventures a statement about his subject without balancing it against every other statement made about him by anybody else. Tye result is a chaotic script from which Brownson emerges, cloudy and ill at case. Perhaps those interested in him will enjoy every facet of his character and work; there is great emphasis on his conversion to Catholicism, with due stress on the period of vacillation. Every chapter is embroidered with elaborate footnotes, marking this as a book for scholars of the period in New England. Limited.