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Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery | [Eric Metaxas]

Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery

Amazing Grace tells the story of the remarkable life of the British abolitionist William Wilberforce (1759-1833). This accessible biography chronicles Wilberforce's extraordinary role as a human rights activist, cultural reformer, and member of Parliament. 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.
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Amazing Grace tells the story of the remarkable life of the British abolitionist William Wilberforce (1759-1833). This accessible biography chronicles Wilberforce's extraordinary role as a human rights activist, cultural reformer, and member of Parliament.

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.

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    Wesley Burnt Hills, NY, USA 05-20-07
    Wesley Burnt Hills, NY, USA 05-20-07 Member Since 2001

    I loved listening to books during my commute to work. Maybe I shouldn't have retired!

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    "Very Interesting"

    This is a fascinating book about a man that is seldom mentioned in history texts but contributed a great deal to the world. The book gets off to a slow start, the first hour or so devoted to praising Wilberforce before getting on with the story of his life. Nonetheless, I highly recommend this book!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 02-24-13
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "A Marvelous Story Gloriously Told"

    The worst criticism one is likely to encounter in regard to this biography of William Wilberforce is the same as came later for Metaxas' biography of Bonhoeffer, namely, that he lapses into hero worship in the telling of the tale, but one might ask how the extraordinary stories of the lives of two such remarkable men could be told without it. In fact, we do not write biographies of ordinary men and women but extraordinary ones, and so accusing a biographer of writing with abundant admiration of William Wilberforce and Dietrich Bonhoeffer is like accusing a biographer of Adolph Hitler of not showed a "better side" of the most notorious dictator in history. In the end, we write our own biographies with our deeds--if, in the end, these inspire praise and adulation rather than scorn and censure, all the better.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Rither 04-01-10
    Alan Rither 04-01-10
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    "Amazing Grace and AMAZING vocabulary"

    This book tells the story of William Wilberforce in detail from birth to death. Along the way you will read about his efforts to outlaw the slave trade and, ultimately, to emancipate the slaves throughout the British possessions. However the author seems to have taken delight in finding the biggest words (or should I say, the most 'erudite' ones) to express even simple ideas. Unless you have a large vocabulary, you will find it confusing and, even if you do, you may find it annoying as if he kept searching in a thesaurus for a less common word. I gave it five stars because it really IS well written despite what seems like an unnecessary display of verbal ability. On the positive side, I came away with a great appreciation for Wilberforce, himself and I hope you will too.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jeneva Auburn, NE, USA 03-05-09
    Jeneva Auburn, NE, USA 03-05-09
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    "Terrific Read"

    I learned a lot from this book, both about the British history of slavery and abolition, but also many illuminating details of the era itself. Previous reviews commented on the author's obvious religious bias, but it didn't impact the historical value, and his writing style was delightful.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-08-08
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-08-08

    Narrative makes the world go round.

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    "uneven, but still merits 5 stars"

    As others mention, the book seems far from objective and the reader is a bit too ...enthusiastic? and also too... modern? in tone (I can't quite put my finger on the words). But what a story! What a man! (even if the portrait is less than neutral). And what great details and anecdotes of the times. It's an all round 5 star listen to me, despite the flaws.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Marie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 03-26-10
    Marie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 03-26-10 Member Since 2010

    Professional librarian type, amateur historian.

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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    In the beginning Johnny Heller seems to be rushing through the book and the hurried voice is a bit annoying. But you get interested in the story of Wilberforce and I found myself struggling to stop listening for things like sleep and work. After listening, I want to get a hard copy of the book to share aspects of the book with friends. Regarding the storytelling, it is very Christian and not a secular bio.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Iustina 07-26-15
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    A very good, edifying account of a forgotten personality of 18th century. Very good naration.

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    Linda S. Imel 06-09-15 Member Since 2015

    I love reading history, Isabel & Ferdinand, Columbus, or Mary Queen of Scots - fascinating, rich lives woven into a tension filled narrative

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    "Wonderful - inspiring - well worth my time!"
    Where does Amazing Grace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Metaxas is talented and artful, weaving information and narrative into textured, interesting storytelling. This is one of my favorite books, I will read it again and again.


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    Nelson 06-02-15
    Nelson 06-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    Listened to this twice so far, it never gets old. The narrator is very good, and of course so is the author and story. I highly recommend this.

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    J. Mirabal 02-24-15
    J. Mirabal 02-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Thorough, entertaining history."

    I'd like to meet Eric Metaxas some day. He is a great storyteller and the mini lessons he offers along the way are as enlightening as they are Germaine to the topic of abolition and the man who dedicated his life to bringing it to an end.

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