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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (69 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Evan Carton Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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John Brown is a lightning rod of history. Yet he is poorly understood and most commonly described in stereotypes—as a madman, martyr, or enigma. Not until Patriotic Treason has a biography or history brought him so fully to life, in scintillating prose and moving detail, making his life and legacy—and the staggering sacrifices he made for his ideals—fascinatingly relevant to today’s issues of social justice and to defining the line between activism and terrorism. Vividly re-creating the world in which Brown and his compatriots lived with a combination of scrupulous original research, new perspectives, and a sensitive historical imagination, Patriotic Treason narrates the dramatic life of the first U.S. citizen committed to absolute racial equality. Here are his friendships, his family, and his ideals. Evan Carton captures the complex, tragic, and provocative story of Brown the committed abolitionist, Brown the tender yet demanding and often absent father and husband, and Brown the radical American patriot who attacked the American state in the name of American principles. Through new research into archives, attention to overlooked family letters, and reinterpretation of documents and events, Carton essentially reveals a missing link in American history. A wrenching family saga, Patriotic Treason positions John Brown at the heart of our most profound and enduring national debates. As definitions of patriotism and treason are fiercely contested, as some criticize religious extremism while others mourn religion’s decline, and as race relations in America remain unresolved, John Brown’s story speaks to us as never before, reminding us that one courageous individual can change the course of history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A dramatic, expertly paced biography of American history’s most problematic figure.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Carton writes with great admiration for his subject. His Brown is a hero who set the nation on a road to justice that we are traveling still.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Crediting his subject with exposing the hypocrisy of democracy and unleashing the forces that led directly to the Civil War and the contemporary civil rights movement, Carton embraces Brown as a significant cultural beacon.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jarred | 3/1/2013

    " Wonderful biography and picture of the antebellum time period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tag | 6/30/2012

    " Great book, really fleshed out what little I learned or remembered in school. The man was no fanatic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kray | 12/3/2011

    " Another one of those books that covers history glossed over in school. I always figgured there was more to John Brown that a crazy guy and a raid, but I never even knew anything about his early actions in Kansas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ryan | 9/21/2011

    " Really enjoyed this one. I'd say it's a 4.5er. Carton did a wonderful job providing a fair and objective look at John Brown. In school, I learned that he was a crazy killer. He was definitely more Malcolm X than MLK Jr., but he was a loving person that just wanted to do his part to free slaves. "

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