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Inhaltsangabe: The Secret Six: John Brown and the Abolitionist Movement, including Notes, Bibliography, and Index, 375 pages.
(First Edition, New York Times Book Co., 1979. Second Edition, The Foundation for American Education, 1987, as The Secret Six: The Fool as Martyr. Third Edition, Uncommon Books, Seattle, Wash., 1993, as The Secret Six: John Brown and the Abolitionist Movement.)
Unlike previous biographies of John Brown, this is the first to look at the rich men who funded his attack on Harper's Ferry. It looks into their backgrounds and personalities, their associations with Emerson, Thoreau, and other Transcendentalists, and places them not on the fringe, but in the center of the Abolitionist movement.
In the process, antebellum New England takes on a new and more interesting aspect than the whitewashes of the past. This is history as it was, not as it is taught by the winners of the Civil War.
First published by Times Books in 1979, The Secret Six elicited the following comments (among others):
"The author's thesis is that John Brown and the cabal of eminent Massachusetts clergymen, literati and wealthy businessmen, the Secret Six, who encouraged and financed him were pioneers in a use of terror that in our day has come to plague the world: the idea that killing even innocent people is moral if it serves a greater good." The New Yorker
"...Scott's accomplishment is considerable, and worth studying, not only as a signal contribution to the bibliography of terrorism, but as a vivid and penetrating account of an awful phase of our history." Norman Corwin in The Los Angeles Times
"Thanks to Otto Scott's energetic and intricate account of past delusions of righteous grandeur, terrorism may not in the future be so easy to rationalize away." Dr. Gordon M. Pradl in Chronicles of Culture
"If Scott's thorough study of the halfsecret movement behind John Brown receives the attention it deserves . . . there will be less adulation, even in liberal and radical circles, of a 'reformer' as mad and merciless as any 20th century terrorist. And there should be some reassessment of the famous Northern abolitionists who made mad Brown their tool." Russell Kirk.
"Among other distinctions, John Brown is the only known massmurderer in American history to be remembered as a national hero." M. Stanton Evans.
Now an underground classic for its "incorrect" perspective but eminently correct historical accuracy, this is the definitive book on the exemplar of modern political terror (the practice of murdering helpless and innocent people to make a political point) and the physical origins of the Civil War.
About the Author: Otto Scott is a former journalist, editor, columnist, book reviewer, corporate executive, and author of ten books, all on different topics. Four are corporate histories: Ashland Oil, Black & Decker, Raytheon, and the Arch Mineral Corporation. He also wrote the biography of J. B. Saunders, a legendary petroleum marketing tycoon.
His political histories are equally varied. In addition to The Secret Six, he has written a history of the French Revolution up to the death of Robespierre, and a book about James I who sowed the seeds of the English Civil War the forerunner of our own War of Independence.
His major interests, therefore, are industrial and political. As his books most of which have been published by major New York publishers indicate, he is an expert on corporate management and pre-revolutionary periods.
Now in his eighty-first year, he continues as an author, essayist, book and film reviewer, and speaker who writes a monthly cultural journal (Otto Scott's Compass) and records his views twice a month on audio tape (Points of the Compass). In addition, he is an Associate Scholar for the American Council on Economics and Society, and member of the Philadelphia Society, John Randolph Society, Committee for Monetary Research and Education, Society of Professional Journalists, the Author's Guild, and the Overseas Press Club. He is the recipient of the George Washington Medal from the Freedom Foundation (1976) and the John Newman Edwards Media Award (1994).
His articles and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union, San Diego Tribune, Chronicles, Salisbury Review (London), Conservative Digest, Human Events, Tabletalk,, and Southern Partisan.
He has been a featured speaker at the Stanford Law School, the Sound Money Institute, the San Diego Legal Institute, the Committee for Monetary Research & Education, and many other groups here and abroad.
His Books include:
The Great Christian Revolution, The Reformer Library, 1995.
Robespierre: The Fool as Revolutionary, Mason & Lipscomb, 1974, repr. by The Reformer Library, 1995.
The Secret Six: John Brown and the Abolitionist Movement, New York Times Book Co., 1979, repr. by The Foundation for American Education, 1987, repr. by Uncommon Books, November, 1993, paper.
The Powered Hand: The Story of Black & Decker, Uncommon Books, 1994.
Buried Treasure: The Story of Arch Mineral, Braddock, 1991.
James I: The Fool as King, Mason Charter, 1976, repr. Ross House Books, 1986.
The Other End of the Lifeboat, Regnery, 1985.
The Creative Ordeal: The Story of Raytheon, Atheneum, 1976.
The Professional: A Biography of J. B. Saunders, Atheneum, 1976.
The Exception: The History of Ashland Oil, McGraw Hill, 1968.
Buchbeschreibung NYT Times Books, 1979. Buchzustand: Good. First Edition (US) First Printing. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP14487961
Buchbeschreibung NYT Times Books, 1979. Buchzustand: Good. First Edition (US) First Printing. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP87356434
Buchbeschreibung NYT Times Books, 1979. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Used: Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers SONG0812907779
Buchbeschreibung Foundation for American Education, 1987. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. Light bump to bottom of spine, otherwise boards in very good condition. Dustjacket has one small chip and one small tear, otherwise in very good condition. Dustjacket covered in Brodart. Binding tight and text clean. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 1002615
Buchbeschreibung Times Books, New York, 1979. paperback. Buchzustand: very good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: very good(-). 8vo, black cloth, d.w. (New York): Times Books, (1979). Spine portion of dust wrapper faded from sun exposure, otherwise very good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 225015
Buchbeschreibung NYT Times Books, 1979. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. Hardback in very good condition with very good condition dust jacket. Name plate on inside of front cover. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 24781
Buchbeschreibung NYT Times Books, 1979. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P020812907779
Buchbeschreibung NYT Times Books, Interior Clean and Unmarked, 1979. Hard Back / Cloth Binding. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Yes / Good. Some b/w Illustrations (illustrator). Quality Hardback : hard cover edition in very good condition, some slight wear to edges, as normal for age of book; in Dust Jacket in good condition with some egdewear and slight chipping. Overall good / nice copy of this scarce title. Excellent reading on the subject. A good book to enjoy and keep on hand for yourself, or would make a GREAT GIFT for the fan / reader in your life. Reading is one of the great pleasures in life. Previous owner name stamp inside cover and ffep. Size: USA / America / Americana / United States. Political History / Usa. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 5029330
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