This carefully researched, very readable life of George Mason (1725-1792) looks at the Virginia planter as both private citizen and public servant. It sets Mason within the social and political context of the Revolutionary era, elaborates on his role as the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776). Mss. Heymsfeld and Lewis discuss how Mason’s refusal to sign the Constitution on the grounds that it contained no bill of rights helped lead to the adoption of the first ten amendments. Authored originally for middle schoolers, this work has proved popular with adults seeking a succinct overview of the life and significance of a man whose writings continue to influence jurists and constitutionalists today.