Midnight Rising

John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War

By Tony Horwitz
(Large Print Press, Paperback, Large Print, 9781594135507, 567pp.)

Publication Date: August 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover, Hardcover, Compact Disc

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '12 Reading Group List
“The Civil War had its origins long before Fort Sumter, but possibly the biggest spark was provided by one extremely intense, driven man, John Brown. Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 not only provided a frightening specter to nervous Southern slave owners, it was also a moral slap in the face to the rest of the country, especially during his trial. The long-range effects of one man and his moral passion are superbly rendered by the award-winning Horwitz.”
-- Bill Cusumano, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the November 2011 Indie Next List


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Bestselling author 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.



NPR
Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011

John Brown, the man who led the 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, Va., may be among the most polarizing figures in American history. To some, he's a traitor and terrorist; to others, he's a hero. Tony Horwitz discusses his book Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War. More at NPR.org

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