This fictionized biography of a great leader is written with spirit and moves at a swift pace. The facts of Henry's life, his boyhood and marriage, his associations with Washington and John Randolph and other great names of that day, his work as commander-in-chief of Virginia's army, his position as Governor of Virginia, are skillfully woven around the underlying issues of revolutionary times. An interesting comparison between two men of great fame, Henry and Jefferson, sheds light on the characters of both men. The effectiveness of Patrick Henry's leadership emerges clearly to justify the subtitle of the book, Firebrand of the Revolution. Quotations are liberally used in a biography which should have wide appeal for history-minded teenagers or those interested in an amazing era.