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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.”
Professor Thomas S. Kidd has given us a demythologizing biography of a great man.
Even before I knew anything about Henry I loved his thundering declaration, "Give me liberty or give me death."
Along with praising Henry the great orator and champion of liberty, he questions Henry's defense of slavery.
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 8 months ago by tom2128
For the person that wants to understand Patrick Henry and his decision making process. A great background study of the American Revolution and its effect on the founding fathers. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Allen Herrod
Hard to believe a man can be so famous for a single sentence. But, "Give me Liberty or Give me Death" did it for Patrick Henry. I found the book fascinating. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Terry Adams
This proved to be a fascinating study of the life of a Founding Father whose name is certainly well-known, but the details of whose life have been largely lost in the plethora of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Addicted Bibliophile
This book is thoroughly researched and brings into clear focus one of America's greatest leaders. It puts him into the context of his time and you understand the role of religion,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Nancy Boyens
I have long been a student of early American History. But after reading numerous books about the American Revolution, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Jay, John Adams,... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Allen Roth
Interesting book. I learned a lot about not only Henry, but other founding fathers, and their different views. Read morePublished 17 months ago by skg