This represents one author's choice of ""Virginia gentlemen""--from Sir Walter Raleigh, who never saw Virginia, to George C. Marshall, who came of an old Virginia family, but, like so many others in the book, was not born in the Old Dominion. Here one reads about explorers, soldiers, politicians, men of letters. Some will surprise the reader, who may well question the inclusion of at least one as a true gentleman in any sense of the word. However, all have been outstanding in the growth of the state, and much Virginia history can be learned through the lives of her sons. This makes excellent, easy reading. Valuable notes are given for each chapter, together with considerable bibliographic information.