Midnight Rising

  • by Tony Horwitz
  • Narrated by Dan Oreskes
  • 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Excellent account of this important subject

The author skillfully weaves much research on John Brown into a compelling and fascinating account of his life long struggle against slavery culminating in the Harpers Ferry raid which resulted in his arrest, trial and execution. Its the years preceding the raid and the consequences of the raid that make Brown such an interesting and important person. Throughout, the author writes with a deft touch, introducing each of many characters with brief descriptions and colourful incidental material which brings the story alive. The reader also does a brilliant job, subtly intoning the words of each character, not least Brown himself. Oreskes is clearly a very talented actor.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-10-2011
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio