Harlow Giles Unger

Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation

Patrick Henry’s great call—“Give me liberty or give me death”—is well-known as a catalyst for the American Revolution. Renowned historian Harlow Giles Unger brings Patrick Henry’s roars of revolution to life in Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation.  Raised in the frontier hill country of Virginia, Henry learned from an early age the importance of liberty and individual rights. From his humble beginnings where he ran a failing tobacco farm and store, to being elected as Virginia’s first governor, Lion of Liberty traces Henry’s first forays into the law as well as the dramatic way he was able to command not only a courtroom but a nation—persuading its citizens to fight for liberty and freedom from all oppression.

Campaigning for the rights of all Americans, Henry was offered the positions of U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, and Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, among others. He declined them all—along with a fifth term as the governor of Virginia—in favor of advocating freedom from invasive government. As a skilled orator and fascinating storyteller, his legacy lives on through his memorable speeches. By understanding his beliefs and their impact, we can more fully understand current political happenings—including the Tea Party movement

Harlow Giles Unger—a veteran journalist, broadcaster, educator and historian—is the author of over fifteen books, including The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation’s Call to Greatness and four other biographies of America’s founding fathers. He was the 2008 Distinguished Visiting Fellow in American History at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and he lives in New York City.

Unger is a graduate of Yale University and has a Master of Arts from California State University. He spent many years as a foreign correspondent and American affairs analyst for The New York Herald Tribune Overseas News ServiceThe Times and The Sunday Times (London), and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and he is a former associate professor of English and journalism.


The Savannah Book Festival is a non-profit organization that hosts an annual, weekend-long festival of the written and spoken word, February 18-20, 2011. It remains free and open to the public at Telfair Square, in the Historic District of Savannah, Ga.

This author’s appearance has been graciously sponsored by:

  • Dr. and Mrs. Steve and Robin Allen