Richard Beeman (1942-2016) was a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of five previous books on the history of revolutionary America; his biography of Patrick Henry was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has received awards from, among others, the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he has served as Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University. He has also served as a trustee and vice-chair of the Distinguished Scholars Panel of the National Constitution Center.
Excellent . . . valuable and judicious. -Jill Lepore, The New Yorker