Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery

By Eric Metaxas

HarperOne, Hardcover, 9780061173004, 281pp.

Publication Date: February 2007


Amazing Grace tells the story of the remarkable life of the British abolitionist William Wilberforce (1759-1833). This accessible biography chronicles Wilberforce's extraordinary role as a human rights activist, cultural reformer, and member of Parliament.

At the center of this heroic life was a passionate twenty-year fight to abolish the British slave trade, a battle Wilberforce won in 1807, as well as efforts to abolish slavery itself in the British colonies, a victory achieved just three days before his death in 1833.

Metaxas discovers in this unsung hero a man of whom it can truly be said: he changed the world. Before Wilberforce, few thought slavery was wrong. After Wilberforce, most societies in the world came to see it as a great moral wrong.

To mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade, HarperSanFrancisco and Bristol Bay Productions have joined together to commemorate the life of William Wilberforce with the feature-length film Amazing Grace and this companion biography, which provides a fuller account of the amazing life of this great man than can be captured on film.

This account of Wilberforce's life will help many become acquainted with an exceptional man who was a hero to Abraham Lincoln and an inspiration to the anti-slavery movement in America.

About the Author
Eric Metaxas is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery" and "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy". His writing was first published in "Atlantic Monthly", and has appeared in the "New York Times", the "Washington Post", "Regeneration Quarterly", "Christianity Today", "National Review Online", Beliefnet, and "First Things". He has been featured numerous times on CNN, FOX, and other television networks, and has been a guest on NPR. Metaxas serves on the vestry of Calvary/St. George's Episcopal Church, and lives in Manhattan, New York, with his wife and daughter.

Praise For Amazing Grace

“A fine and important book.”
-Chicago Sun-Times

“The little-known story of the lifelong struggle of a member of Parliament to abolish slavery in the British Empire.”
-USA Today