At the center of this heroic life was a passionate 20-year fight to abolish the British slave trade, a battle Wilberforce won in 1807, as well as efforts to abolish slavery itself in the British colonies, a victory achieved just three days before his death in 1833.
Metaxas discovers in this unsung hero a man of whom it can truly be said, "He changed the world." Before Wilberforce, few thought slavery was wrong. After Wilberforce, most societies in the world came to see it as a great moral wrong.
This account of Wilberforce's life will help many to become acquainted with an exceptional man who was a hero to Abraham Lincoln and an inspiration to the anti-slavery movement in America.
©2007 Eric Metaxas; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
I've listened to several biographies in the past couple of years. I sometimes can't wait for the person to die so the book will be over. On this one I cried when Wilberforce died. I think this book is as good as Metaxas' book on Bonhoeffer.
I expected to like it and there were some good stories. I found after a while, I just wanted to stop listening and read a Wikipedia article about Wilberforce instead, which I did. The narrator's voice was annoying and made me appreciate the incredible skill that we get used to in most audiobooks.
I found this book very well written and very interesting. I WILL recommend this work to all of my friends. I was only generally familiar with the work of this great,yet humble man. How is it that this generation is unaware of the work of this remarkable individual. I am going to listen to this again right away!
This book is more of a hagiography than a biography. Wilberforce was an important and interesting character, but a biography by a writer who did not so closely seem to identify with Wilberforce's religious beliefs would be more interesting.
"Gloucester" = /ˈglɒstɚ/, not "Glosschester." The '-i' at the end of "vox populi" is pronounced like '-ee.' This stuff is driving me nuts.
As wonderful as Wilberforce is, this biography does not pretend to be objective. A bit uneven.
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