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

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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.

 

About Harlow Giles Unger

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A former Distinguished Visiting Fellow in American History at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Harlow Giles Unger is a veteran journalist, broadcaster, educator, and historian. He is the author of twenty books, including six biographies of America's Founding Fathers and two other histories of the early republic.
 
Published October 26, 2010 by Da Capo Press. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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Finally, with the Revolution won and the new nation organizing itself years later under the proposed Constitution, Henry opposed ratification, thundering against the surrender of liberty to a federal authority, a stance that prevented his joining Washington’s administration.

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Over the next 10 years, as that ball received more such impulses, Henry seems never to have factored into his "liberty or death" calculations the risk that an armed struggle for independence would also turn into a civil war, as of course it did.

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The Wall Street Journal

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A firebrand as opposed to a strong national government as he was to British tyranny.

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A firebrand as opposed to a strong national government as he was to British tyranny.

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Henry was the “backroom” man, providing direction and momentum for the anti-federalist movement, while understanding that a strong federal government was necessary for the protection of the new nation.

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Open Letters Monthly

It is true enough that Henry could not economically match the scale of Virginia’s Tidewater elites – Unger tells us for example that Washington owned over 20,000 acres and 300 slaves, which clearly dwarfs some of the several estates Henry owned in his lifetime – such as Scotchtown where he owned ...

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Patrick Henry is famous for his words "Give me liberty or give me death!"

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Portland Book Review

Harlow Giles Unger’s investigation into the life of Patrick Henry in Lion of Liberty, demonstrates a devoted peek at the experiences of one of the most colorful and opinionated of America’s founding fathers.

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National Review Online

Today’s Between the Covers podcast is with Harlow Giles Unger, author of Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation.

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