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A Game Changer
Chronicling one of the great personal journeys of the nineteenth century, Tom Chaffin's new book Giant's Causeway: Frederick Douglass's Irish Odyssey and the Making of an American Visionary is the most penetrating look yet at Douglass's lecture tour of the British Isles and how it changed the great abolitionist's thinking and his life. Joan Walsh has written an uncommonly insightful review of the book for Salon. (The piece has also been posted to the Chicago Sun Times site.) Walsh praises Chaffin's book as a "vivid social and intellectual history" that illuminates Douglass's feelings about Irish issues that in turn shed invaluable light for him on human rights. She adds that she wishes she'd had a history like Chaffin's to consult when she was writing her own, best-selling book.