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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,289 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tony Horwitz Narrator: Dan Oreskes Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Best-selling author Tony Horwitz tells the electrifying tale of the daring insurrection that put America on the path to bloody war....

Plotted in secret, launched in the dark, John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry was a pivotal moment in U.S. history. But few Americans know the true story of the men and women who launched a desperate strike at the slaveholding South. Now, Midnight Rising portrays Brown's uprising in vivid color, revealing a country on the brink of explosive conflict.

Brown, the descendant of New England Puritans, saw slavery as a sin against America's founding principles. Unlike most abolitionists, he was willing to take up arms, and in 1859 he prepared for battle at a hideout in Maryland, joined by his teenage daughter, three of his sons, and a guerrilla band that included former slaves and a dashing spy. On October 17, the raiders seized Harpers Ferry, stunning the nation and prompting a counterattack led by Robert E. Lee. After Brown's capture, his defiant eloquence galvanized the North and appalled the South, which considered Brown a terrorist. The raid also helped elect Abraham Lincoln, who later began to fulfill Brown's dream with the Emancipation Proclamation, a measure he called a John Brown raid, on a gigantic scale. Tony Horwitz's riveting book travels antebellum America to deliver both a taut historical drama and a telling portrait of a nation divided - a time that still resonates in ours.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tomraabe | 2/12/2014

    " Mr. Horowitz's books are always good reads and this is no exception! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by H Wesselius | 2/4/2014

    " John Brown was the instigator of the Civil War and an idealist ahead of his time in terms of race relations. He was also a religious fanatic and militia extremist. A combination that could only be found in America. Horwitz provides an interesting biography of Brown detailing his life before Harper's Ferry. From New England to bleeding Kansas and then to Harper's Ferry, Horwitz often overwhelms the reader with detail but keeps a quick pace. The true value of the book is in the post-Harper Ferry analysis in which Brown's actions and influence are assessed and placed in the context of the times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary Alice | 1/20/2014

    " Very well written chronicle of John Brown, the man and his raid. The way Horwitz tells it the ill accomplished raid started the Civil War, and John Brown the man compares favorably to Lincoln. The raid itself was hard for me to read because I'm not interested in the details of battle. But the telling of the before and after is quite compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris | 1/18/2014

    " I always enjoy reading Tony's books. He makes history come alive. The pictures and maps are integrated into the text at just the right points. I found it quite interesting that John Brown thought being in a depression was a superior tactical position to being on high ground. Pretty stupid. But it was obvious that Brown's success was in his defeat. "

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