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Richard Beeman, John Welsh Centennial Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania, and author of Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution
“Thomas Kidd’s account of the life of Patrick Henry combines first-rate scholarship with a lively and elegant gift for story-telling. It makes a powerful case for the Virginia orator’s pre-eminent role in the fight to limit central government power during the era of the Revolution and early republic.”
“Kidd convincingly explains that the popular but controversial Henry was passionate about both liberty and virtue and believed that for America to succeed its laws must be grounded in Christianity, with strong local and state (rather than strong federal) government. . . . Kidd’s investigation into the role of religion in Henry’s politics and the contradictions between what he publicly espoused and personally practiced gives readers fresh, illuminating insight into a leader whose orations inspired revolution and turned a minor lawyer into a political giant.”
A great background study of the American Revolution and its effect on the founding fathers.
Thomas S. Kidd's "Patrick Henry First Among Patriots" is a well written, thoroughly researched, balanced look at a complex man which is a very interesting book.
Along with praising Henry the great orator and champion of liberty, he questions Henry's defense of slavery.
I bought this book as a gift, so I haven't read it. However, the person I bought it for seems pleased.Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Lynne Brown
A great read all-around! Most interesting is Kidd's discussion of the perplexing dichotomy that comes about when a slave owner speaks of the British's treatment of Americans as... Read morePublished 1 month ago by cback505
If you are real serious about learning about the American Revolution and the establishment of our government and the relationships between the founding fathers, this book is an... Read morePublished 4 months ago by kenneth hemphill
It wasn't until I read this book that I knew nothing about Patrick Henry. I've since bought additional copies to use as gifts. This book should be required reading for 'everyone.'Published 5 months ago by Stan Crader
Professor Kidd is a professional historian. This biography verges on hagiography. If you are looking for a biography which examines Henry in the context of the economy and social... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ralph A. Jaxtheimer
Famous for his oratorical abilities, Patrick Henry became a household name and is known mostly for his "liberty or death" speech. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bryn C. Dunham
Nice to read a piece on a founding father that doesn't evoke political bias or religious focus. This even though Henry was very opinionated and a man of faith.Published 14 months ago by tom2128