Margaret C. Jacob is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her many books include The Radical Enlightenment: Pantheists, Freemasons, and Republicans and The First Knowledge Economy: Human Capital and the European Economy, 1750-1850. She lives in Los Angeles.
"Sweeping, original, and erudite. Jacob's lucidly written book
exhibits a command of the source materials that few scholars can
ever hope to aspire to, let alone attain."--Darrin M. McMahon,
author of Happiness: A History
"Jacob is concerned with the social history of the Enlightenment--with how it was experienced, and not just by its luminaries. Popular almanacs, private diaries of those not normally at the center of historical attention, and the expansion of publishing into new and sometimes quite provocative genres all provide the worldliness she seeks to reveal with a more democratic horizon."--John H. Zammito, Rice University