REVIEWS books. As president, he sometimes purchased books as a form of patronage. Regardless of whether he intended to read a book, he understood the importance of supporting the nation's writers to foster the development of American literature. Despite its drawbacks, A Powerful Mind belongs on the bookshelves of every college library. Like the other recent work on Washington's reading, it advances our understanding of the intellectual life of our first president. Ke vin J . Ha yes , Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Central Oklahoma, now lives and writes in Ohio. He is the author of several books, including The Road to Monticello: The Life and Mind of Thomas Jefferson (New York, 2008) and The Mind of a Patriot: Patrick Henry and the World of Ideas (Charlottesville, VA, 2008). Against Self-Reliance: The Arts of Dependence in the Early United States. By William Huntting Howell. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. Pp. 312. Cloth, $49.95.) Reviewed by Rob Koehler In Against-Self Reliance, William Huntting Howell develops a suggestive theorization of the importance and proper interpretation of imitation, emulation, and other acts of dependence in the formation of the self during the early republic. In Howell's
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