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 × 0.68 inPublished:November 8, 2011Publisher:Da Capo BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306820463

ISBN - 13:9780306820465

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“A well-written story of one of the key figures in America's Revolutionary movement and his later efforts in safeguarding the hard-won freedoms during the formation of the new nationThe author is a good storyteller, and his brisk, narrative style ably conveys the importance of the life and contributions of this great ‘Lion of Liberty'An informative and enjoyable read.” Reference & Research Book News, February 2011“A popular biography of the public and private life of Patrick HenryA compelling story that illustrates Henry's beliefs by centering on his actions and the events of his life.” Washington Times, 2/16/11“A highly readable account of the life of one of our most prominent revolutionaries.” The Waterline, 2/24/11“Unger brings Colonial Williamsburg to life.” Magill Book Reviews“An engaging account of Patrick Henry's lifelong quest to promote individual liberties and fight against government interference.” American Spectator, April 2011