As I noted earlier in the review, Baker leaves it to the reader to decide if Turner's snowballing throng of fury is a small army or a mob that's out for blood. It seems clear to me that Turner and his allies turn out to be murderers rather than soldiers. Innocents are slaughtered over the course of their two-day rampage, and those killings are carried out in such bloodthirsty fashion that one can't help but feel revulsion. But that sickening feeling is balanced by the reader's awareness of the horrors of slavery and how that practice continues to taint the sociological and political landscape in the 21st century. One has to ask if there is a justification, if the notion of "by any means necessary" is acceptable. Turner remains the hero of this story, but he proves to be one of its villains as well. Read Full Review
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