Admiral James Stavridis, PhD, U.S. Navy (Retired)
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.
What makes The President and the Freedom Fighter so compelling is that Kilmeade lets the actual history speak for itself.
Shelby Steele, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution; author of Shame and White Guilt
A riveting page-turner that illuminates the fascinating and history-altering relationship between President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
Ben Carson, MD
This is my kind of history book. Get ready. Here's the action.
Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author of the Ordinary People Change the World series
Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger’s Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans is a riveting introduction to one of the seminal battles in U.S. History. The War of 1812 folk legend of Old Hickory rides high on his horse again in this engrossing overview for readers of all ages. Highly recommended!
Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University and author of Rightful Heritage
Accessible, accurate, inspiring, and timely.
Victor Davis Hanson, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution; author of The Dying Citizen
The President and the Freedom Fighter should be in every home, school, and library in our country.
John Cribb, author of Old Abe
At a time when our heroes are being abused and statues trashed, how refreshing it is to see two genuine giants of history being given the generous historical treatment they deserve in this well-researched, crisply written, and compelling account.
Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill
Brian Kilmeade is a master!
Tim Green, author of Football Genius and Unstoppable
A riveting book of history that reads as though it were ripped from today's headlines, and a must read for anyone seeking an understanding of the roots of US foreign policy.
Admiral James Stavridis (Ret.), former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
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