The Prime Minister of Paradise
Christian Gottlieb Priber and the Search for a Lost American Enlightenment
The grant jury: Original, obsessive, impressive, immersive — The Prime Minister of Paradise shows us how our country became itself. Sullivan brings years of developing his craft as a reporter to weave a compelling whole even when the documentary evidence is fragmentary; he is a thrilling writer, every page a delight of fact and style. In prose that is distinct, intelligent and contagiously joyful, Sullivan is making a significant and generative contribution to both American social history and global intellectual history.