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The Caning is now available!

Steve’s fifth book, The Caning: The Assault That Drove America to Civil War, is now available in stores and online. The book has been selected by the History Book Club, the Military Book Club, and as an alternate selection of Book of the Month Club.

Russell S. Bonds, author of War Like the Thunderbolt: The Battle and Burning of Atlanta, said “Stephen Puleo’s beautifully written, compelling account of the caning and its aftermath presents the often-overlooked drama of the late 1850’s, illuminating a cast of fascinating characters — not only Brooks and Sumner, but Stephen Douglas, John Brown, and Abraham Lincoln — just as they step from the wings onto the great stage of history.” Steve has scheduled a series of appearances to coincide with the book’s launch, and last week the Boston Globe ran a feature on the book, stating “As a divided nation faces a close election and recalls the 150th anniversary of polarization’s worst case scenario — the Civil War — a new book focuses on an act of violence in 1856 that turned moderates into hard-liners and made war almost inevitable.”

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The Caning is coming this fall!

Steve’s fifth book, The Caning: The Assault that Drove America to Civil War, will be published this fall by Westholme Publishing. It tells the story of one of the most dramatic and provocative events in American history — the beating of renowned anti-slavery U.S. Senator Charles Sumner by ardent pro-slavery Congressman Preston S. Brooks of South Carolina on May 22, 1856, and the aftermath that made Civil War unavoidable. You can learn more and pre-order the book at,, or Watch for more information in the coming months.