Island on Fire by Tom Zoellner audiobook

Island on Fire: The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire

By Tom Zoellner
Read by Mirron Willis

Blackstone Publishing 9780674984301

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781799923756

  • ISBN: 9781799923749

  • ISBN: 9781799923763

Runtime: 10.34 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

#1 Amazon bestseller

From a New York Times bestselling author, a gripping account of the slave rebellion that led to the abolition of slavery in the British Empire.

For five horrific weeks after Christmas in 1831, Jamaica was convulsed by an uprising of its enslaved people. What started as a peaceful labor strike quickly turned into a full-blown revolt, leaving hundreds of plantation houses in smoking ruins. By the time British troops had put down the rebels, more than a thousand Jamaicans lay dead from summary executions and extrajudicial murder.

While the rebels lost their military gamble, their sacrifice accelerated the larger struggle for freedom in the British Atlantic. The daring and suffering of the Jamaicans galvanized public opinion throughout the empire, triggering a decisive turn against slavery. For centuries bondage had fed Britain’s appetite for sugar. Within two years of the Christmas rebellion, slavery was formally abolished.

Island on Fire is a dramatic day-by-day account of this transformative uprising. A skillful storyteller, Tom Zoellner goes back to the primary sources to tell the intimate story of the men and women who rose up and tasted liberty for a few brief weeks. He provides the first full portrait of the rebellion’s enigmatic leader, Samuel Sharpe, and gives us a poignant glimpse of the struggles and dreams of the many Jamaicans who died for liberty.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Zoellner makes deft use of primary sources and illustrates how the atmosphere of energetic political reform and events like Sharpe’s rebellion converged to end slavery in the ‘agricultural prison camp’ of Jamaica and in the British Empire at large.” New Yorker
“Impressively researched, this is a valuable addition to Jamaica’s documented history.” Southern California News Group
“Zoellner’s vigorous, fast-paced account brings to life a varied gallery of participants.” Wall Street Journal
“Narrator Mirron Willis relates the history with talent and skill.” AudioFile
“Acutely relevant to the racial unrest of our own time. Island on Fire is impeccably researched and seductively readable.” Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls’ Rising
“Resurrecting this important historical episode, Zoellner moves nimbly through the research, giving an exciting account of the events as well as the significant consequences.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A highly readable but carefully documented account of the greatest of all British slave rebellions, the miseries that led to it, and the momentous changes it wrought.” Adam Hochschild, New York Times bestselling author

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Author

Author Bio: Tom Zoellner

Author Bio: Tom Zoellner

Tom Zoellner is the author of several acclaimed books, which have won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award. He teaches at Chapman University and Dartmouth College and is the politics editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Island on Fire won the National Book Critics’ Circle Award. Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World, winner of the 2010 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award; The Heartless Stone: A Journey through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire; and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller An Ordinary Man. He has worked as a reporter for the Arizona Republic and San Francisco Chronicle.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.34
Audience: Adult
Language: English