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“Splendidly written . . . the reader is led carefully by the author, who builds the story and lets the readers draw their own conclusions about Brown and his actions . . . Reynolds is that rarest of authors who knows how to write well and who successfully presents a life-size image of Brown, warts and all.” (Brian Richard Boylan, Denver Post

“This well-researched book . . . peels away some of the extreme interpretations of Brown and offers a generally balanced and objective assessment of why he should matter.” (Robert Joiner, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

“Great sensitivity, thorough research, and some marvelous narrative.” (David W. Blight, Washington Post Book World)

“A rich, nuanced and exhaustively researched ‘life and times’ that positions the abolitionist firmly in the context of 19th century American culture . . . impeccably written.” (Chuck Leddy, San Francisco Chronicle

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Few historical figures are as intriguing as John Brown, the controversial Abolitionist who used terrorist tactics against slavery and single-handedly changed the course of American history. This brilliant biography of Brown (1800-1859) by the prize-winning critic and cultural biographer David S. Reynolds brings to life the Puritan warrior who gripped slavery by the throat and triggered the Civil War. 

When does principled resistance become anarchic brutality? How can a murderer be viewed as a heroic freedom fighter? The case of John Brown opens windows on these timely issues. Was Brown an insane criminal or a Christ-like martyr? A forerunner of Osama bin Laden or of Martin Luther King, Jr.? David Reynolds sorts through the tangled evidence and makes some surprising findings. 

Reynolds demonstrates that Brown’s most violent acts - his slaughter of unarmed citizens in Kansas, his liberation of slaves in Missouri, and his dramatic raid, in October 1859, on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia - were inspired by the slave revolts, guerilla warfare, and revolutionary Christianity of the day. He shows us how Brown seized the nation’s attention, creating sudden unity in the North, where the Transcendentalists led the way in sanctifying Brown, and infuriating the South, where proslavery fire-eaters exploited the Harpers Ferry raid to whip up a secessionist frenzy. In fascinating detail, Reynolds recounts how Brown permeated politics and popular culture during the Civil War and beyond. He reveals the true depth of Brown’s achievement: not only did Brown spark the war that ended slavery, but he planted the seeds of the civil rights movement by making a pioneering demand for complete social and political equality for America’s ethnic minorities. 

A deeply researched and vividly written cultural biography - a revelation of John Brown and his meaning for America. 

“Absorbing.” (Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times Book Review)  

“Almost every page forces you to think hard, and in new ways, about American violence, American history, and what used to be called the American character.” (Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker)

©2004 David S. Reynolds (P)2019 Random House Audio

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  • Marc
  • 2020/09/29

The story of the man who saved America from itself

This extremely well crafted, researched and written book achieves the monumental task of enabling the reader to get to know the man as well as develop an appreciation for the complexities, emotions and personalities contributing to the build up to the Civil War and the titanic battle between the pro-slavery and abolitionist camps, while masterly and importantly addressing the racism which permeated society at the times as well as the Black experience and perspective.

This book should be a mandatory read for all Americans and is highly recommended to anyone seeking an understanding of the American experience and a historical context as a foundation to understand current events.

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  • martin hall
  • 2020/12/16

Maybe my favorite nonfiction book

This book changed me. I cannot recommend it strongly enough. Listen and be changed, too.

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  • Jo Ellen
  • 2019/08/23

Repetitive and boring

As other reviewers have stated this book is extremely poorly written and unorganized. The author keeps repeating information over and over. It is difficult to follow because he jumps around with his facts.

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  • -Bryan
  • 2021/03/12

Brilliant! Amazing man. Amazing story.

Brilliant! Amazing man. Amazing story. Amazing audiobook.

Very interesting. Well done. He is a true American hero. It is great to read from the top few people who broke the back of the slave institution in the USA.

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  • Paran
  • 2020/12/18

John Brown is the GOAT

A great book about the GOAT. I highly recommend this book. The audiobook is good too v

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  • Alednam A Uonopk
  • 2020/12/11

John Brown epitomizes a good white man....

It's no wonder his exploits have been delegated to brief passings over of his actions... America(s) still has a long way to go in terms of facing it's hurtstory/history.... I will listen to this book perhaps thrice...