Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais-perhaps France’s greatest playwright, editor of the works of Voltaire, master of the dramatic farce and father of musical comedy, creator of the immortal Figaro-said ‘the greatest act of my life’ was supplying Americans with the weapons that won their independence. Harlow Unger tells the story of Beaumarchais-playwright and patriot-bringing to life the tumultuous age of revolution.