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Bound for Canaan

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Fergus M. Bordewich is the author of several books, including Bound for Canaan, Killing the White Man's Indian, and My Mother's Ghost, a memoir. The son of a national civil rights leader for Native Americans, he was introduced early in life to racial politics. As a journalist, he has written widely on political and cultural subjects in Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, American Heritage, Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Reader's Digest, and many other publications. He was born in New York City, and now lives in New York's Hudson River Valley with his wife and daughter.


"This fast-paced narrative is the best account we have of the network known as the Underground Railroad."----James McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era "Rich in detail, [and] its ability to evoke the emotions, sights and sounds of these clandestine ventures."--Black Issues Book Review "A masterful story--a deeply American story."----Cornel West, University Professor of Religion, Princeton University, and author of Race Matters and Democracy Matters "Bound for Canaan recaptures this grand history with the insightfulness, comprehensiveness, and narrative vigor the subject demands."--David Levering Lewis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the two-volume life of W. E. B. Du Bois "A profoundly American tale."--USA Today "The . . stories. . . inspire, horrify and humble."--Washington Post "Dramatizes a shining moment in American history-- a book filled with unsung heroes and revolutionary acts of trust."--O magazine "Bound For Canaan reveals in stunning detail and beautiful prose the inner workings of this clandestine system."----Kate Clifford, Ph.D. author of Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero "Excellent...The first truly comprehensive treatment of the underground railroad."--Civil War History Magazine "An important addition to our history, brilliantly told."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution "A vivid reconstruction of abolitionism's most daring act of rebellion..."--Kirkus Reviews (starred) "Rich in detail and solid storytelling: sure to awaken interest in the peculiar anti-institution."--Kirkus Reviews (starred) "An excellent book . . .as close to a definitive history as we're likely to see."--Wall Street Journal "Engrossing account of the Underground Railroad."--The New Yorker "Bordewich brings to his account [of the Underghround Railroad] the moral seriousness it deserves."--New York Review of Books "Well written, moving, and stimulating...Could provide the occasion for a constructive national conversation."--New York Times "Utterly compelling."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A rich, spellbinding, and readable narrative."--School Library Journal (starred review)

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