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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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**Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History**

*Winner of the Bancroft, Parkman, Los Angeles Times (biography), Lincoln, Plutarch, and Christopher Awards*

Named one of the Best Books of 2018 by The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Time

“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!


Quotes & Awards

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


  • “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.”


  • “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.”


  • A 2018 Time Magazine Top 10 Books of the Year selection in Nonfiction
  • A #1 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
  • Winner of the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography
  • A PBS Pick of Books about Reconstruction
  • Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for History
  • A Literary Hub Pick of Best Nonfiction Works of the Decade

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About the Author

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards, and his work has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and placed him as a finalist for two Audie Awards. He has acted in a number of productions, both off Broadway in New York and off Loop in Chicago. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. His plays and songs have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Milan, where he has also performed.

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.