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An American Insurrection


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William Doyle's previous book, Inside the Oval Office: The White House Tapes from FDR to Clinton (1999) was a New York Times Notable Book. In 1998 he won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best TV Documentary for the A&E special The Secret White House Tapes, which he co-wrote and co-produced. He lives in New York City. His email address is


"One of the best narratives to chronicle the epic contest between African Americans bent on freedom and their most fanatic opponents." -The Washington Post

"A compelling account of how the last battle of the Civil War came to be fought.... Precise and evocative." -San Jose Mercury News "Doyle has brought back into our historical consciousness a moment so shameful that it almost disappeared from memory." -Houston Chronicle "A dramatic tale.... Provide[s] fascinating detail of the inner workings of the White House and the weighing of political consequences for any decision." -News & Observer

"A balanced narrative filled with fresh and important details." -Wilson Quarterly "Harrowing.... A riveting narrative.... [Doyle] describes the ebb and flow of the riot with more immediacy than any previous author has." -The Times-Picayune

"An absorbing, important book." -The Dallas Morning News

"A story of heroes, villains and cowards.... Doyle provides a captivating view of the motivations, both personal and political, of all the main players in the drama." -Post & Courier (Charleston, SC) "A fascinating contribution to civil rights history." -Booklist

"Doyle has written a vivid portrait and riveting account....These insights render not only exciting, action-packed reading, but more importantly, a better understanding of what it means to be an American citizen." -The Decatur Daily "A riveting, true-life thriller." -The Sacramento Bee

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