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A Son of Thunder: Patrick Henry and the American Republic Paperback – June 9, 2001
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There have been numerous other biographies of Patrick Henry. I would still recommend Moses Coit Tyler's 1887 PATRICK HENRY, which was reprinted by Chelsea House in 1980 with an introduction by Lance Banning. William Wirt Henry's three volume PATRICK HENRY, LIFE, CORRESPONDENCES, AND SPEECHES (originally published in 1891 but recently republished) should be used with care, since W.W. Henry incorrectly attributes a number of letters and other sources to Patrick Henry which more recent scholarship has established were written by others. Richard Beeman wrote a good analytic biography, PATRICK HENRY: A BIOGRAPHY, in 1974, which provides an excellent brief introduction to Henry's politics. The most comprehensive modern scholarly biography remains Robert Meade's two volume master-work, PATRICK HENRY (1959, 1967).
Mayer's prose is far more sprightly than Meade's, but Meade provides the more balanced and judicious treatment, and Meade's documentation of his conclusions is much superior. While Mayer updates Meade and Beeman in a number of places, his work does not supercede theirs, and should be read in conjunction with the earlier scholarship. Mayer's is a good book, especially as an introduction to a general audience.Read more ›
Sadly, many of the great figures of America's early history have faded from public understanding. Maybe we remember the ones who became President, but truly great and influential men like Patrick Henry and George Mason are all but forgotten. Mayer's excellent book shows what a tragedy this is.
From his early career as a Virginia lawyer, to the way his beliefs and oratory were shaped by circuit-riding nonconformist Christian ministers, Mayer lays the foundations for Henry's later greatness. But most absorbing, to this reader, was Mayer's depiction of the fight in the Virginia Assembly over the ratification of the Constitution. Henry's prescient warnings of the growth of centralised power at the expense of the sovereign states leads one to wonder if maybe the anti-federalists weren't right after all.
Vital insights into a vital figure in a vital period of our history.
This was no enigmatic Tom Jefferson or glacially distant George Washington; Henry was the nicest, and most personable of men. What you saw was what you got. Oh, he was tough in the courtroom, and in legislative debate, but he was, in most ways, an ordinary man supporting his [large] family with an extraordinary talent. He had his troubles: the initial failures at running a tavern drove him to the law [Who were the three signers of his law license? That's still debated]...his first wife's long mental illness, and eventual death just as The Revolution was starting would have taxed any man. But, Henry had a mission, and kept going.
At the time of "Liberty or Death", Patrick Henry had been a prominent legislator for ten years. Remember the "Stamp Act"?...And, before that, the "Parson's Cause", our first important court case on religious liberty? And after the famous speech...first elected Governor of Virginia...Militia Colonel...bitter opponent of ratification of the US Constitution...father [along with George Mason] of the "Bill of Rights". His ratification debates with John Marshall are the stuff of legend. Though Henry and Marshall were opponents, they remained friends, and law partners.[The famous Randolph murder case] Both were surpassingly nice guys. Henry was the father-in-law of Marshall's opponent, and enemy, Judge Spencer Roane.Read more ›
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This is an excellent account of Patrick Henry's involvement in the shaping of our constitution and bill of rights. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.Published 16 months ago by LorenzoLargo
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 on December 28, 2013 by Bibb
I think this is the best modern biog of PH around. It may not be 100% definitive but it reads well and has a lot of details.Published on November 15, 2013 by Historian
Henry Mayer's well written, thoroughly researched, most interesting look at the life of a most fascinating Revolutionary War hero was a page turner. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by Seaotter
Unlike others, I thought this was a very great treatment of an important Founding Father. Henry does not receive the attention that he deserves. Read morePublished on April 27, 2010 by Dr. Jones
Most Americans are aware of Patrick Henry's famous, "Give me liberty, or give me death!" speech, but that is where most of our collective knowledge ends. Read morePublished on August 19, 2009 by CKE
Patrick Henry is one of the forgotten founding fathers despite heralding one of the most famous lines of the revolution "Give me Liberty or give me Death". Read morePublished on July 12, 2009 by Lehigh History Student
Patrick Henry one of the greatest founding fathers and the match of the American Revolution!
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