Award-winning Stephen Puleo is the author of Voyage of Mercy,
American Treasures, The Caning, A City So Grand, The Boston Italians,
Due to Enemy Action, and Dark Tide.


    • March 14
    • The Caning
    • Abington (MA) Public Library
      600 Gliniewicz Way
      7:00 p.m.
      (The Caning was selected as "Abington Reads" choice for 2024)
    • March 17
    • Voyage of Mercy
    • Flint Public Library (Middleton, MA) and the American Association of University Women)
      Flint Public Library
      15 Main St.
      Middleton, MA
      1:30 p.m.
    • April 30
    • Writing Workshop
    • "The Room to Write"
      Wakefield, MA
      (This is a private event.)
  • See Complete Calendar

“[The Great Abolitionist is] a wonderfully written book about a true American freedom fighter."

— Kirkus Reviews (excerpted from "starred" review)

I was honored that my upcoming eighth book, THE GREAT ABOLITIONIST: Charles Sumner and the Fight for a More Perfect Union (April 2024 - St. Martin's Press), has received a thorough and great "starred review" from Kirkus Reviews, one of the most influential pre-publication reviewers! You can link to the full review here.

Kirkus said in part "Puleo’s vast knowledge of 19th-century Boston and its diffident attitude toward slavery and integration…adds tremendous value to his account... [The Great Abolitionist is] required reading for anyone with even a slight interest in Civil War–era U.S. history. A wonderfully written book about a true American freedom fighter."

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The Great Abolitionist: Charles Sumner and the Fight for a More Perfect Union

Steve Puleo's eighth book, The Great Abolitionist – available in April 2024 – is the first full biography in more than 50 years on U.S. Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts, an antislavery and civil rights hero. 

We have launched our new section dedicated to The Great Abolitionist, so please have a look. It contains excerpts, book club study questions, pre-publication reviews, and more.

“When it comes to impeccable research – the kind that surprises and never rehashes – no one does it better than Stephen Puleo. The Great Abolitionist is a literary and historical triumph and is sure to be on many year-end “best” lists in 2024.”

Gregg Olsen, New York Times and Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Amish Wife and If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood.

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