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Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War
 
 
Author
Tony Horwitz.
Publisher Henry Holt  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9780805091533
Pages/Publication Date 365/2011
Daedalus Item Code 33076
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(A New York Times Notable Book for 2011, a Library Journal Top Ten Best Book of 2011, and a Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Book of 2011) The author of A Voyage Long and Strange, Blue Latitudes, and Confederates in the Attic, as well as a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, Tony Horwitz chronicles John Brown's 1859 raid on the armory at Harper's Ferry in this gripping episodic narrative. He posits that Brown's insurrection was the signal event marking the country's path to war, and shows how the raid itself, though a failure, became a singular platform for Brown—a remarkable man who impressed his enemies as well as his allies—to publicize his conviction that slavery could not stand in a just nation.

"Horwitz's skills are a good match for this enormously compelling character, and his well-paced narrative incorporates masterful sketches of Brown's family, foot soldiers, financial backers, admirers and prosecutors.... The result is both page-turning and heartbreaking—a book to engage mind and soul."—Boston Globe

"A richly detailed and engaging history.... Horwitz's moment-by-moment account of the doomed raid unfolds with such immediacy that he reintroduces suspense to a story we all know from textbooks."—SFChronicle

 
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