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Patriotic Treason

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"John Brown is a lightning rod of history. Yet he is poorly understood and most commonly described in stereotypes - as a madman, martyr, or enigma. Not until Patriotic Treason has a biography or history brought him so fully to life, in scintillating prose and moving detail, making his life and legacy - and the staggering sacrifices he made for his ideals - fascinatingly re...more
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published September 6th 2006 by Free Press, The (first published 2006)
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Geoff Sebesta
First, I liked this book. It was a good book. It had new information and good presentation and occasional moments of insight. It discusses Brown's time in Kansas, which no other book seems to, and spares no effort to examine his motivations and get inside his head.

But. I hate to say it, this book contains actual mistakes. For example, the first person killed in the raid was not Shepherd Heyward. It was Heyward Shepherd. It may not sound important, but when you realize that his death is probably...more
Makda D
Patriotic Treason; John Brown and the soul of America 387 pg April 1, 2009 Evan Carton
Patriotic Treason; John Brown and the Soul of America is a book about is one of the most underrated and miss understood figures in history. This book gives an insight of the life of an abolitionist by the name of John Brown during the time of pre- civil war. According to Carton, John Brown was a man categorized by his action. Until now Brown has been under a mask of judgment based on his radical views of socia...more
Very interesting read. This story would make a great movie. Truly truth is stranger than fiction which is why I really enjoy non-fiction.

I realize this is one person's interpretation of the events surrounding Harpers Ferry and John Brown, but he makes a strong case for this episode from the past being a major driver towards the Civil War. And he drove it there deliberately, believing there was no alternative.

In thinking about it, this seemed to be the 19th century version of 9/11 - very loosely...more
B. Anderson
This is an exceptional look at the life of John Brown. Carton's book is well-researched, paying special attention to the Brown family's correspondence, giving a slightly different, more personal feel to the subject.

The narrative is like the best thrillers. I kept turning pages, wanting to know more--even though I knew how the story ended.

If you are interested in the life of John Brown--one of the most intriguing, controversial, and complex figures in American history--I highly recommend PATRIOTI...more
Mark Jones
I have only a very generalized knowledge of the culture and pressures of the pre-Civil War period and I think the author did a good job of making it real enough to feel and consider. Also, it was very interesting to flesh-out John Brown; scary, but amazing. He was Taleban all the way!
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