PATRICK HENRY: Practical Revolutionary by Robert Douthat Meade

PATRICK HENRY: Practical Revolutionary

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It has been eleven years since the appearance of Mr. Meade's Patrick Henry: Patriot in the Making, the first volume of his definitive biography. The present work is the second and final volume, and it emulates the first in its thorough research, its attention to detail, its not inelegant diction, and its somewhat disconcerting tendency to editorialize beyond the limits usually adopted for scholarly works. Nonetheless, the second volume is considerably more interesting than the first by virtue of its material, for it covers the life of Henry during its most exciting period--i.e., from the beginning of the Revolution through the fight for the Bill of Rights, and Henry's political career until his death in 1799. There is a wealth of material on life in revolutionary America, and many fascinating insights into the characters of some of Henry's famous, and not always inspiring, contemporaries. There is little doubt that the two volumes will be the last word, at least for a while, on Patrick Henry, and the scholar and student will welcome the completion of the work. A mandatory acquisition for serious collections of American history and biography. Complete scholarly apparatus, sources, notes, etc.

Pub Date: May 29th, 1969
Publisher: Lippincott