- Series: Playaway Adult Nonfiction
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- Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks (January 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1441762841
- ISBN-13: 978-1441762849
- Package Dimensions: 3.6 x 3.2 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 59 customer reviews
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This biography adds to our further knowledge of the men who were our Founding Fathers.” Hudson Valley News, 11/3/10Very readable, engaging.”
New York Journal of Books, 10/26/10
Harlow Giles Unger does a remarkable job of putting together the life and times of this most noted but little known Founder. Unger provides a startling history of the man who, though never in combat, remains one of the great patriots of his new country Unger is not only a superior storyteller, he is also a gifted researcher; he sweeps the reader into the story, also enveloping us in the times The book brings fresh insights to the process of building a nation with little direction from which to work If you want to know what the Founders meant while deliberating the creation of the Confederation and the Constitution, and if you wish to understand why they made the decisions they did, read Lion of Liberty.”
Associated Press, 11/15/10
The first major new biography of Patrick Henry in a generation.”
Exactingly researched Unger has captured the essence of Henry Highly recommended [A] personable historical account of one outstanding patriot.”
The Lone Star, November 2010
This excellent book should be read by all Americans.” Our History Project Book Review, 1/10/11In 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 [He] combines true story telling mixed with sound academic research.” WhatWouldtheFoundersThink.com, 1/10/11One of the most interesting facets of this book was how the author tied the various actors in the Revolution together and placed them at various events.” Charleston Post and Courier, 2/6/11
A well-written story of one of the key figures in America's Revolutionary movement and his later efforts in safeguarding the hard-won freedoms during the formation of the new nation The author is a good storyteller, and his brisk, narrative style ably conveys the importance of the life and contributions of this great Lion of Liberty' An informative and enjoyable read.” Reference & Research Book News, February 2011
A popular biography of the public and private life of Patrick Henry A compelling story that illustrates Henry's beliefs by centering on his actions and the events of his life.” Washington Times, 2/16/11
A highly readable account of the life of one of our most prominent revolutionaries.” The Waterline, 2/24/11
Unger brings Colonial Williamsburg to life.”
Magill Book Reviews
An engaging account of Patrick Henry's lifelong quest to promote individual liberties and fight against government interference.” American Spectator, April 2011
Kirkus Reviews, 9/1/10
A veteran biographer specializing in the Founding Fathers offers a short, sharp life of the Virginia patriot A fine appreciationand explanationof freedom's champion.”
Asbury Park Press, 9/19Pat Henry wasn't a Johnny One-Note patriot. And the author strives to reveal the whole Revolutionary enchilada herecalls to arms, demands for a bill of rights, fights against big government. Why, we could almost call this guy a Tea Party member!” Wall Street Journal, 10/22/10[A] vivid biography of the Virginia firebrand.”
The Oklahoman, 10/31/10
Unger shows how down-to-earth Henry was and how connected he was to regular people [A] great book about one of our nation's founders.”
[An] admirable new biography Goes far to restore that able, eloquent, and courageous man to a proper place in our national memory Unger's vivid, gracefully written narrative brings Patrick Henry back to life.”
San Francisco Book Review, 4/5/11, and Sacramento Book Review, 4/8/11
Lion of Liberty, a book by Harlow G. Unger, is in many ways like Patrick Henry. Both don't seem special from the outside, and both seem modest and homely at first glance. Yet, inside these two ordinary objects is a fire that excels on natural talent. a marvelous biography and has a different take on revolutionary heroes. Remember that they were mortal men.”
A light and refreshing read of Henry's life 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.”
Choice, July 2011[Unger] wields a facile pen There is insightful treatment of Henry's family life and Henry as a lawyer Recommended.”
Portland Book Review, 4/3
With quotes from Henry's vivid oratory, Unger traces his rise in Virginia society before the Revolution. Though not quite a rags-to-riches talehis folks were well-established lawyers and clergymenLion of Liberty tells entertainingly of how a homespun-clad upcountryman with an odd accent fitted into a British-trained, plantation-owning aristocracy of velvet jackets and white neckcloths.”
The Federal Lawyer, November/December 2010[An] excellent biography Will be valued by all who have an interest in the birth of this nation and the origins of government.” Asbury Park Press, 11/14/10An easy-to-read and entertaining biography Today's Tea Party talk of liberty and small government has made Patrick Henry seem especially relevant.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 11/14/10
Unger recounts Henry's life and explores its ramifications in contemporary America. Whether you find it cautionary or inspiring might depend on your own political beliefs [Unger] brings an ardent spirit of libertarianism to this engrossing and articulate biography; he argues implicitly that in Henry's aversion to a strong central government, the tea-party movement finds its philosophical cornerstone Unger's telling of Henry's story is a beacon of vivid, accessible and thought-provoking biography.”
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, 11/14/10
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Henry described the type of Government that should be present in the colonies. And remember that initially he wasn't pushing for separation from the crown. He simply wanted the right to govern the colony through a representative form of government that Britain would recognize and accept. And there was no room for any type of taxation upon the colonies whether it was through import duties or outright taxation. The cry of no taxation without representation was heard often. And the colonist in time declared independence and made the sacrifice for what became better known as "the cause."
Navigation Act, Sugar Act, and Stamp Acts all fed the fire of independence. And when Patrick Henry said "Liberty or Death", he was speaking for most people in all thirteen colonies. The American Revolution was borne!d
This solid biography by Harlow Giles Unger ( who specializes in the Founders) tells Henry's tale from his early hard scrabble days on the Virginia frontier to his resistance against the Constitutional Convention in 1787.( When asked to attend the Constitutional Convention he responded"I smell a rat") Henry was a early opponent to England' s power and it is all here from the Parson's Cause to his "If this be Treason" speech to the speech that everyone knows which ends with the responding cry "Give me Liberty or Give me Death".
This is more then just a political biography it also delves into Henry's personal life including his tragic first marriage.It can be argued who were the revolutions greatest leaders but it can not be argued that Patrick Henry was a radical firebrand whose oratorical gifts helped push often reluctant people toward revolution. He deserves to be remembered for more then one speech and this biography does him justice. He was not a believer in a strong central government like Washington he envisioned a republic where the individual states held sway but his actions and leadership helped bring about American freedom and this study brings him to life.
One of the most impressive features of this work is the dynamic presentation of Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" speech, located on pages 97-99. Reading it as though I was listening to it, I finished with the feeling that I had actually heard a sample of his style and dramatic talent. I felt that I had been present at the very historical moment. I found myself awed at Henry's oratorical talents. As a retired Baptist pastor, I found myself wishing that I had been able to move a congregation with the same power that Henry moved his audience. On finishing the book, I found myself wishing I could go back in time and be the proverbial "fly on the wall" when he addressed his audiences, both political and legal.
Harlow Giles Unger has left me with a strong understanding of who Patrick Henry was, how he accomplished what he wanted to accomplish, and how and why he failed on the few instances when he did not succeed.
I am indebted to Mr. Unger for his excellent presentation of this great American to whom we owe such a debt of gratitude. His excellent writing has led me to buy two more of his works, one on John Hancock and the other entitled "Improbable Patriot" which I am reading now.
Five very satisfied stars.