NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
The New York Times bestselling author of George Washington's Secret Six and Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates turns to two other heroes of the nation: Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
In The President and the Freedom Fighter, Brian Kilmeade tells the little-known story of how two American heroes moved from strong disagreement to friendship, and in the process changed the entire course of history.
Abraham Lincoln was White, born impoverished on a frontier farm. Frederick Douglass was Black, a child of slavery who had risked his life escaping to freedom in the North. Neither man had a formal education, and neither had had an easy path to influence. No one would have expected them to become friends—or to transform the country. But Lincoln and Douglass believed in their nation’s greatness. They were determined to make the grand democratic experiment live up to its ideals.
Lincoln’s problem: he knew it was time for slavery to go, but how fast could the country change without being torn apart? And would it be possible to get rid of slavery while keeping America’s Constitution intact? Douglass said no, that the Constitution was irredeemably corrupted by slavery—and he wanted Lincoln to move quickly. Sharing little more than the conviction that slavery was wrong, the two men’s paths eventually converged. Over the course of the Civil War, they’d endure bloodthirsty mobs, feverish conspiracies, devastating losses on the battlefield, and a growing firestorm of unrest that would culminate on the fields of Gettysburg.
As he did in George Washington's Secret Six, Kilmeade has transformed this nearly forgotten slice of history into a dramatic story that will keep you turning the pages to find out how these two heroes, through their principles and patience, not only changed each other, but made America truly free for all.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
President Abraham Lincoln is a slavery-ending legend in the minds of many—but behind the scenes, his friendship with abolitionist Frederick Douglass tells a more nuanced story. In this intriguing history book, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade shines a light on this formative, underexplored bond and the fascinating parallels between the two men’s journeys, from their rough youths to their nation-changing careers. Kilmeade explores how Lincoln and Douglass’ relationship changed during Lincoln’s time in office as the two leaders overcame disagreements and rocky events. Kilmeade narrates the audiobook with a wealth of personality, testifying to his extensive experience as a news anchor. This is a unique take on the history of the Civil War and emancipation.