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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