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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would absolutely recommend this book. When I picked it up it was because I absolutely loved the movie. This book starts out telling the listener it is not a depiction of the movie, but it's better. The reader is drawn through the history of the event. You are shown how this one event was felt throughout the United States and the world. Your eyes are opened to what you knew, but forgot. One example was that the decision in favor of the African's of the Amistad was a landmark decision that would have been completely unexpected by the people of the time. We know it was a struggle, but through this narration we can feel it as well.
What other book might you compare The Amistad Rebellion to and why?
I don't think there is another book out there that I would compare to this book. It is an original work that brings a historical event to life for us.
Which scene was your favorite?
My favorite is at the very end of the book. When the missionaries take the African's home and learn that the changes they see in the returning African's is not a rejection of what they learned, but that they could never really be expected to reject their own heritage.
What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?
That the writer of the "Star Spangled Banner" was pro-slavery and a prosecuting attorney. Somehow it seems that someone so completely pro-freedom should have understood the need to be free. The fact that he prosecuted individuals seeking that freedom and often sought the death penalty for these individuals was more than a little disappointing.
Any additional comments?
If history was presented this way to our children there would be less chance of them forgetting the lessons of the past.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I liked hearing about the history but wished the story was told from the participants instead. It was very informative but a bit dry. It had little emotional pull as A story like Roots had , funny in parts. I am glad I listened as it was a great telling of how everything unfolded but to me it lacked drama and immediacy. Thanks