The Mind of a Patriot: Patrick Henry and the World of Ideas
"The Mind of a Patriot" presents an intellectual life of a major figure who has traditionally been seen as an anti-intellectual "child of nature." This was the view of Patrick Henry that William Wirt presented in his "Life of Henry, " and it has pervaded every biography since. Hayes presents a very different view of Henry. Starting with neglected pieces of evidence-the inv...more
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by University of Virginia Press
(first published September 24th 2008)
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This was a short book but filled with information. It talks about the books that Patrick Henry had in his library, books he might have read, and how he was able to use what he read in his life. He was a very different reader from Thomas Jefferson and other intellectuals of the day but no less smart. I very interesting read, I'm going to read some of the same books he did and see if anything rubs off on me.