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From the PublisherIts lively style and wealth of anecdotes will make it an enjoyable read for anyone.
Journal of American Studies
May be the most important book on the political culture of Revolutionary Virginia since Rhys Isaac's The Transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790.
Journal of Southern History
The main strength of Holton's book is his effort to place the actions of the Virginia gentry within a more detailed local context.
Law and History Review
[He] portrays the coming of the Revolution in Virginia as deeply bound up with competing social groups.
American Historical Review
This book gives us a brisk and convincing analysis of a region—and revolutionary leaders—we thought we already knew.
Journal of American History