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Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty
by Jon Kukla
541 pages
Simon & Schuster
Published: July 2017

Patrick Henry is best-known for his exclamation “Give me liberty, or give me death!” But while he was an outspoken orator most of his life, Henry was also a farmer, lawyer, politician and Founding Father. And anyone who has read a biography of an early American president will have encountered Henry…probably as he argued against ratification of the Constitution.

Before this book’s publication, the most notable biographies of Henry were Henry Mayer’s 1986 “A Son of Thunder: Patrick Henry and the American Republic,” Norine Dickson Campbell’s 1969 “Patrick Henry: Patriot and Statesman” and Robert Meade’s two-volume series published between 1957 and 1969. But Kukla provocatively postulates that most biographies of Henry are tainted by “accumulated errors” built upon myths concocted by…

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