Co-founder of the Society of United Irishmen, close friend of Wolfe Tone, army officer, magistrate, opponent of slavery, deeply moral yet something of a roisterer, Thomas Russell cannot be sketched in black and white. This gives a fascinating glimpse of the years when the United Irishmen became a mass-organization. Increasing cooperation between Catholics, Protestants and Dissenters is traced as Russell forwarded the cause of unity through political and organizational endeavor. Russell's long detention in Newgate, his prison correspondence, his internment, release, and subsequent execution are detailed. This analysis of Russell's life's work is especially helpful.