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Author: David W. Blight Narrator: Prentice Onayemi Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2018 ISBN: 9781508265665
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Named one of the best books of 2018 by The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and Smithsonian Magazine.​

“Extraordinary…a great American biography” (The New Yorker) of the most important African-American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era.

As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland. He was fortunate to have been taught to read by his slave owner mistress, and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time. His very existence gave the lie to slave owners: with dignity and great intelligence he bore witness to the brutality of slavery.

Initially mentored by William Lloyd Garrison, Douglass spoke widely, using his own story to condemn slavery. By the Civil War, Douglass had become the most famed and widely travelled orator in the nation. In his unique and eloquent voice, written and spoken, Douglass was a fierce critic of the United States as well as a radical patriot. After the war he sometimes argued politically with younger African Americans, but he never forsook either the Republican party or the cause of black civil and political rights.

In this “cinematic and deeply engaging” (The New York Times Book Review) biography, David Blight has drawn on new information held in a private collection that few other historian have consulted, as well as recently discovered issues of Douglass’s newspapers. “Absorbing and even moving…a brilliant book that speaks to our own time as well as Douglass’s” (The Wall Street Journal), Blight’s biography tells the fascinating story of Douglass’s two marriages and his complex extended family. “David Blight has written the definitive biography of Frederick Douglass…a powerful portrait of one of the most important American voices of the nineteenth century” (The Boston Globe). Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Blight employs lively and absorbing prose to capture Douglass’ trajectory from escaped slave to celebrated orator and abolitionist.”

    Time

  • “Cinematic and deeply engaging…a tour de force of storytelling.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Absorbing and even moving…a book that speaks to our own time as well as Douglass’…A brilliant book.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A consistently engrossing book that is likely to remain the definitive account of Douglass’ life for many years to come.”

    Nation

  • “Blight’s biography was one of the best reviewed books of 2018. Prentice Onayemi’s narration reveals why. Reading in a mostly measured, calm, almost soothing tone, he captivates, enthralls, engages, and, at times, enrages. But when needed, Onayemi evokes the drama and emotion of the turbulent times in which Douglass lived…Onayemi’s narration captures the essence of Douglass’ life and message—and leaves one wondering what Douglass would make of our nation today.”

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  • A 2018 Time Magazine Top 10 Books of the Year selection in Nonfiction
  • A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in US Abolition of Slavery History
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month
  • A New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year

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About the Author

David W. Blight is the director of Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition and a professor of American history. Among his books is Race and Reunion, which won the Frederick Douglass Prize, the Lincoln Prize, and the Bancroft Prize. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

About the Narrator

Prentice Onayemi is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator and a voice and film actor who is known for his roles in The Steam-Room Crooner, AmeriQua, and as Joey in the Tony Award–winning play War Horse.