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


    • September 26
    • The Great Abolitionist
    • The NewSouth Bookstore
      105 South Court St
      Montgomery, Alabama
      5:30 p.m.
    • October 18
    • The Great Abolitionist
    • Boston Baked Books Book Club
      Boston, MA
      (This is a private event.)
    • October 20
    • The Great Abolitionist
    • University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth
      Literary Luncheon
      (This is a private event.)
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The Great Abolitionist Receives Two “Starred Reviews” From Major Pre-Publication Reviewers!

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 outstanding “starred reviews” from Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly – two of the most influential pre-publication reviewers!

Kirkus said in part, “[The Great Abolitionist is] a wonderfully written book about a true American freedom fighter.”

Read the full Kirkus review here.

Publishers Weekly said in part: “Readers won’t be able to get enough of Puleo’s indomitable Sumner.”

Read the full PW review here.

I’m grateful for these wonderful reviews. I hope you enjoy THE GREAT ABOLITIONIST just as much!

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

My eighth book, The Great Abolitionist, 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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