Many observers have remarked that Virginia is the mother of the states. This book backs up that idea with facts, observations, and great storytelling.
It is important to note that the books drive is to counter, or at least contrast the "Frontier Thesis of Frederick Jackson Turner. The book argues that Virginians brought their culture with them, first from Britain, then to Virginia and beyond.
I found the expansion of Virginians in the Mid-Western states of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio very interesting. In most cases, Virginians were the first settlers. My own family tree consists of Pioneering Virginians heading to the Free Soil states of the Old Northwest.
This book is a further expansion on David Hackett Fischer's Albion's Seed and one hopes that he writes more about the expansion of America's other founding cultural hearths.