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New York Times best seller

The New York Times best-selling 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 on the edge of your seat to find out how these two heroes, through their principles and patience, not only changed each other, but made America truly free for all.

©2021 Brian Kilmeade (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“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 compelling account of Lincoln and Douglass’s friendship is the story of America itself and shows how intertwined race is with our history. Kilmeade understands that if we don’t acknowledge our complex past, we’ll never be the country we dream to be.” (Brad Meltzer, coauthor of The Lincoln Conspiracy)

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Great Story and Research

Loved everything except Mr. Killed is not a dramatic reader and goes way too fast for the density of his writing. Inflection, pronunciation are good, but speed was too fast.

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Powerful

This is a book that all young people should read or have read to them. This will inspire any American to evaluate their situation in life and beg the question of what they can do to make a difference. These two men of moral character and prominence captures and embodies the true American spirit, may we continue as a country to fulfill its destiny as a beacon of light for the rest of the world.

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Very informative

Great parallels between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. So interesting and timely. We could all take a lesson from these two historic figures, showing grace, learning. and changing their views over time and forging a path forward in less than perfect but still improving circumstances.

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Hard to listen to

Very hard to listen to, the author reading the book in this instance was a poor choice. I’m sure the story is great but the cadence, tone and timber of his voice detract from the content. My advice…find someone who reads books out loud for a living and have them do it.

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I love a book that is loaded with facts

I love a book that has a great deal of information about a period of time of our country. I think for most Americans the Civil War Hass to be the most destructive war we ever fought

It is so hard to imagine that 600,000 American men and women died over one cause slavery

No one could ever justify slavery in anyway shape or form, we don’t understand it because we were not alive during that time. But deep inside of a lot of men and women the idea of owning another human being was reprehensible.

Looking back at that time and seeing all the strife and division this in our country today by comparison this what is going on today is nothing.

So much talk about six January I’m trying to compare it to that of the Civil War and the overtake of a capital not even close not even in the same ballpark not even in the ballpark parking lot.

More people should read or listen to books like this to gain a greater understanding of the thinking the actions of the people who lead this country at one time. Excellent read excellent to listen to

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A basic factual rendition of two great leaders promoting one great truth: freedom equality.

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Outstanding perspective of two great Americans

The “President and Freedom Fighter” provides an outstanding perspective of two great Americans. The writing is fast pace and page turning as we are presented with interesting and informative aspects of these giants’ and their respective contributions in shaping the future of the United States of America. Experienced as an Audio book.

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Loved the information, i feel you needed another reader

Brian, awesome information, great book, but in my opinion you read it like a political commentary. This sometimes gave me a little pause and made it difficult at times.

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Great Read

Speed was slow so I set it faster. I can see in my mind all described. Loved it!

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Educational and exhilarating

A time for History and an excellent look into the faith, commitment and patriotism of two of the most influential men in the History of abolition in our Country. Douglas and Lincoln both committed to the freedom of people of color and a look into the bloodiest war in history.