Spartacus, a fictionalization of a slave revolt in ancient Rome in 71 BC, is well known today because of the 1960 movie starring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier. It was originally published in 1951 by Fast himself, after being turned down by every mainstream publisher of the day because of Fast's blacklisting for his Communist Party sympathies. The story of Spartacus, born a slave, trained as a gladiator, who led a slave revolt that was eventually put down by Crassus, was immensely popular, and went on to sell millions of copies. The reprinting of this title in the North Castle series brings back into print a book that many regard as a classic.
Spartacus: A (Hidden) American Classic
My father passed This amazing novel on to me in my early 20s, and I was instantly hooked. Fasts' prose is incredible, his narrative take on the man and the myth of Spartacus and the slave revolts against Rome is thrilling, and the social message (originally written to relate to the injustices of the Red Scare era, for which Fast himself served time in prison) is something chillingly relevant to many of the modern issues facing our world today.
Anyone who loves great writing and enjoys an intelligent read will love Spartacus.