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

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

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    An excellent account of Patrick Henry

    In my opinion, Mr. Unger gave an excellent account of Patrick Henry, one of our great founding fathers. The book was a bit short, but still when I read this book I got the impression that Patrick Henry was not only devoted to his family but also to the forming of a new nation: USA. Mr. Unger consistently drives home the point that Henry had casts grave doubts on our Constitution in that he believed that there was an enormous amount of control given to the Federal Government. Maybe his beliefs are ringing true today when you consider the power that the Federal government has at its disposal today. Overall, if you want to learn about Patrick Henry this is an excellent book to start with.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

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    An important biography of a political career

    Mr Unger writes in a style that is easy to read. He provides a lot of information without making it read like a textbook. Mr Unger uses writings of Patrick Henry, family and compatriots alike to weave snippets into his narrative or passages from speeches or first-hand accounts of Henry's orations. This book proves that no one was more adamant in his desire for independence from Britain as Patrick Henry; yet he led the charge in opposition to the Constitution as drafted. Before I finished Lion of Liberty, I ordered his book on James Monroe.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    Should be on every shelf!

    Before my review I did read the only other review posted here. Since it anonymously posted and the review shows that they did not even bother to read the book. 18 complete pages of documented reference material, research, writing and accounts are in this book. Views are both personal and secondhand relating to Henry. Apparently Mr. Unger has hit a raw never with someone. I am a Historian and am completely familiar with academic and story based history. This one is a keeper.

    "LION OF LIBERTY" Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation
    Harlow Giles Unger
    Da Capo Press-2010
    321 pages

    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.

    Harlow Unger, I have to admit is one of my favorite authors. He combines true story telling mixed with sound academic research and writing that leaves nothing out. Each chapter referenced is Healy laden with reference notes (18 pages), which include writings from Henry himself to letters of others, firsthand account documents, Court records, Church records and more. This serves in giving you, not only personal insight on his views, but a complete portrait of how others viewed him at the time.

    The opening leaves you in suspense as the young Henry makes his first appearance in a courtroom, seemingly not sure what to do. The Judge was on the verge of throwing out the case and awarding the other party the victory. We find out later that Henry, a master of the courtroom stage was more than ready to argue almost any point. We see his love of family, love of country and love of law shine through.

    In this work we see how Patrick Henry developed his skills in the backwoods. We see who his first audience (the animals) was and how he crafted his art and performance. As the book progresses we see his genius from soon to be peers to taking on challenges of the mother country in respects to the legal standings. These accounts you will just have to read for yourself, and I will say it is well worth the read.

    This book sounds the cry of freedom and political statement s that are as relevant today as they were then. "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" may be Henry's legacy to our Nation, but what you will find is that he left so much more. This Masterpiece and Portrait of Patrick Henry is something every American should read, regardless of your viewpoints; left or right. To continue on as a nation we have to have an understanding of who we are and the other viewpoints of the opposition, then we can grow. As much as Van Buran brought us party politics, Henry brought us the will and the determination to speak out, stand up and demand to be heard.

    Reviewed by
    Craig Anderson
    Our History Project, Inc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2010

    Full of conjecture. DO NOT recommend!!!

    If you are looking for a real historical book on Patrick Henry, this is NOT the one. The author is too opinionated and the quotes by the founding fathers have been taken out of context. I have read a lot of books on the American Revolutionary War and the Founding Fathers and this is the worst. The title of the book depicts his ideas of the "Sons of Liberty" by throwing them to the Lions. Because of this book I will not be ordering his other book about James Monroe. I don't want to read opinions. I want true, factual history. Right or wrong. Also, Patrick Henry was not called the "Lion of Liberty". He was called, "THE SON OF THUNDER". He was one man that spoke for thousands.

    This is one book that will not be in my home library of historical books.

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