Tony Horwitz discussing his book, “Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War,” with host Richard Wolinsky, recorded November 12, 2011.
Tony Horwitz, who died in 2019 at the age of sixty, was a master of the non-fiction form. In books like Confederates in the Attic, Blue Latitudes and A Voyage Long and Strange, he turned his research and his own personal searches into narratives impossible to put down. His work with Civil War reenactcors led him to the story of John Brown, and in his 2011 book, Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Started the Civil War, he took a closer look at the Civil War, at abolitionists, and at the war against slavery. This interview was recorded at his hotel while he was on tour for Midnight Rising.