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

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

by Harlow Giles Unger
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Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation by Harlow Giles Unger

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306819346
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 10/26/2010
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 382,028
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

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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LoveSeaStories More than 1 year ago
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.
AaronF More than 1 year ago
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.
ourhistoryproject More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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.