The book is designed writes the author in his preface, to do the general reader a service and, of course, his demands concern the larger sweep of Kant s thought rather than the minute details of the Critical Philosophy. And Wenley s style certainly corroborates this statement. His way of getting from the larger environment in which Kant lived to the circumstances in Kant s life, and from there to his thought and its consequences, is penetrating but remarkably clear. And this clarity is evident as much in Wenley s language as it is in the structure of the book. Attractive as all this makes the book for the general reader, Wenley s scholarly nature does present itself at critical points making the work as useful to the Kant specialist or the historian of philosophy.