By Tony Horwitz
A New York Times extraordinary booklet for 2011A Library magazine Top Ten top Books of 2011A Boston Globe BestNonfiction booklet of 2011Bestselling writer Tony Horwitz tells the electrifying story of the bold rebel that placed the United States at the route to bloody warPlotted in mystery, introduced at midnight, John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry used to be a pivotal second in U.S. background. yet few americans comprehend the real tale of the boys and ladies who introduced a determined strike on the slaveholding South. Now, Midnight emerging portrays Brown's rebellion in shiny colour, revealing a rustic near to explosive conflict.Brown, the descendant of recent England Puritans, observed slavery as a sin opposed to America's founding rules. not like such a lot abolitionists, he was once keen to take in fingers, and in 1859 he ready for conflict at a hideout in Maryland, joined by way of his teenage daughter, 3 of his sons, and a guerrilla band that integrated former slaves and a rushing secret agent. On October 17, the raiders seized Harpers Ferry, gorgeous the state and prompting a counterattack led through Robert E. Lee. After Brown's seize, his defiant eloquence galvanized the North and appalled the South, which thought of Brown a terrorist. The raid additionally helped decide on Abraham Lincoln, who later started to satisfy Brown's dream with the Emancipation Proclamation, a degree he referred to as "a John Brown raid, on a huge scale."Tony Horwitz's riveting booklet travels antebellum the US to carry either a taut historic drama and a telling portrait of a state divided'a time that also resonates in ours.
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