Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation

Paperback | November 8, 2011

byHarlow Giles Unger

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In this action-packed history, award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger unfolds the epic story of Patrick Henry, who roused Americans to fight government tyranny—both British and American. Remembered largely for his cry for “liberty or death,” Henry was actually the first (and most colorful) of America's Founding Fathers—first to call Americans to arms against Britain, first to demand a bill of rights, and first to fight the growth of big government after the Revolution.

As quick with a rifle as he was with his tongue, Henry was America's greatest orator and courtroom lawyer, who mixed histrionics and hilarity to provoke tears or laughter from judges and jurors alike. Henry's passion for liberty (as well as his very large family), suggested to many Americans that he, not Washington, was the real father of his country.

This biography is history at its best, telling a story both human and philosophical. As Unger points out, Henry's words continue to echo across America and inspire millions to fight government intrusion in their daily lives.

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In this action-packed history, award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger unfolds the epic story of Patrick Henry, who roused Americans to fight government tyranny—both British and American. Remembered largely for his cry for “liberty or death,” Henry was actually the first (and most colorful) of America's Founding Fathers—first to call A...

A veteran journalist, broadcaster, educator, and historian, Harlow Giles Unger is a former Distinguished Visiting Fellow in American History at Mount Vernon and is the author of sixteen books, including five other biographies of America's Founding Fathers. He lives in New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:November 8, 2011Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780306820465

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“The first major new biography of Patrick Henry in a generation.”Kingman Daily Miner, 12/3/10 “Exactingly researchedUnger has captured the essence of HenryHighly recommended[A] personable historical account of one outstanding patriot.”The Lone Star, November 2010“This excellent book should be read by all Americans.” Our History Project Book Review, 1/10/11“In this magnificent book Harlow Unger paints a portrait of Patrick Henry that will inspire, recharge and get us excited; if not passionate; about what freedom is and why we as Americans strive, desire and covet that ideal[He] combines true story telling mixed with sound academic research.” WhatWouldtheFoundersThink.com, 1/10/11“One of the most interesting facets of this book was how the author tied the various actors in the Revolution together and placed them at various events.” Charleston Post and Courier, 2/6/11