Plotted in secret, launched in the dark, John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry was a pivotal moment in U.S. history. But until Midnight Rising, few Americans knew the true story of this desperate strike at the slave-holding South. Brown saw slavery as a sin against America's founding principles, but unlike most abolitionists, he was willing to take up arms. Recalling a time that still resonates in ours, Tony Horwitz's riveting book travels antebellum America to deliver both a taut historical drama and a telling portrait of a nation on the brink of explosive conflict.
Horwitz is the best-selling author of Confederates in the Attic, A Voyage Long and Strange, Blue Latitudes and Baghdad Without a Map. He is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has worked for The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker.