John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War
By Tony Horwitz
(Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312429263, 365pp.)
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
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A "New York Times" Notable Book for 2011
A "Library Journal "Top Ten Best Books of 2011
A "Boston Globe" Best Nonfiction Book of 2011
Late on the night of October 16, 1859, John Brown launched a surprise raid on the slaveholding South. Leading a biracial band of militant idealists, he seized the massive armory at Harpers Ferry, freed and armed slaves, and vowed to liberate every bondsman in America.
Brown's daring strike sparked a savage street fight and a counterattack by U.S. Marines under Robert E. Lee. The bloodshed and court drama that followed also shocked a divided nation and propelled it toward civil war. Tony Horwitz's "Midnight Rising" brings Brown and his uprising vividly to life and charts America's descent into explosive conflict. The result is a taut and indispensable history of a man and a time that still resonate in our own.
His books include "Midnight Rising", "A Voyage Long and Strange", "Blue Latitudes", a national and "New York Times "bestseller about the Pacific voyages of Captain James Cook, "Baghdad Without a Map", a national bestseller about the Middle East, and "Confederates in the Attic", a national and "New York Times "bestseller about the Civil War.
Horwitz has been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and a visiting scholar at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. He lives with his wife, Geraldine Brooks, and their son, Nathaniel, on the island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.