"Finding fascinating stories that other writers miss has been Eugene Meyer's calling card for decades, and he has done it again with this important and largely untold story of five men forgotten in the John Brown legend." —David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967
"Eugene Meyer has given the story of John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry new meaning and relevance by restoring Brown's black collaborators to their rightful place in history. Five for Freedom elevates the names Newby, Anderson, Copeland, Leary, and Green to stand with Brown as individuals who were willing to sacrifice their own lives to rid our country of the horror of chattel slavery." —Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures
"Deftly weaving history and biography, Meyer reconstructs how these five men came to join the ill-fated attempt to spark a slave revolt. Their role will not be forgotten now that—at long last—it is contained in an engaging and memorable book.” —James McGrath Morris, author of Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press.
"A well-written tour de force of historical detective work.” —Ernest B. Furgurson, author of Freedom Rising and Chancellorsville 1863
"Eugene L. Meyer has brought to light the central role of the leadership in the black community at the time of the raid... His book has done these freedom fighters a great service.” —Frank Smith, founding director, African American Civil War Memorial Museum
"You probably have never heard of Osborne Perry Anderson, John Anthony Copeland, Shields Green, Lewis Sheridan Leary and Dangerfield Newby. But after reading this book, you will never forget them.” —Courtland Milloy Jr., Washington Post columnist