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Chariot On the Mountain

(2018)
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Based on true events, this astonishing account from Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist Jack Ford vividly recreates a treacherous journey toward freedom at a time when the traditions of the Old South still thrived. . .

Two decades before the Civil War, middle-class farmer Samuel Maddox lies on his deathbed. Elsewhere in his Virginia home, a young woman named Kitty knows her life is about to change. She is one of the Maddox family's slaves - and Samuel's biological daughter. When Samuel's wife, Mary, inherits her husband's property, she will own Kitty, too, along with Kitty's three small children.

After Samuel's death, Mary decides to grant Kitty - an educated woman who has been treated more like family than slave - and her children, their freedom. Helped by Quaker families along the Underground Railroad, Mary travels with them to Pennsylvania to file emancipation papers. But Kitty is not yet safe.

Dragged back to Virginia by a gang of slave catchers led by Samuel's own nephew, Kitty takes a defiant step: charging the younger Maddox with kidnapping and assault. On the surface, the move is hopeless. But Kitty has allies - Mary, and Fanny Withers, a socialite who secures a lawyer. The sensational trial that follows will decide the fate of Kitty and her children - and bond three extraordinary yet very different women together in their quest for justice.

"Stunning . . . with a compelling clarity that only someone like Ford can provide."
- Dan Abrams, ABC News Chief Legal Affairs Anchor

"Ford does an excellent job portraying the warring factions of the time: those in the South who wanted to preserve their way of life, and those who felt slavery was unjust."
- Publishers Weekly




"A tautly plotted, swiftly moving tale."
- Sabra Waldfogel, author of Sister of Mine


Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"It's very rare indeed that a storyteller finds his own perfect tale. But in Chariot on the Mountain, Jack Ford, noted legal historian, journalist, and former trial attorney, conjures up in rapid-fire, muscular prose the haunting, historic tale of 'Princess Kitty,' a young, defiant slave in rural Virginia of 1846, who sues a white man over her freedom and wins." - Jerome Charyn

"Chariot on the Mountain is a stunning work of historical fiction. Only Jack Ford could take a real piece of America's tragic backstory, bring to life an actual woman whose journey overcame all odds, recreate a riveting courtroom drama - and weave it together to make such a compelling read. I loved this book." - Linda Fairstein

"A tautly plotted, swiftly moving tale that throws light on the complex connections between kinship, conscience, and justice during slavery." - Sabra Waldfogel


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Hardback Editions

August 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Chariot on the Mountain (Thorndike Press Large Print Historical Fiction)
Author(s): Jack Ford
ISBN: 1-4328-5352-X / 978-1-4328-5352-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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July 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Chariot on the Mountain
Author(s): Jack Ford
ISBN: 1-4967-1309-5 / 978-1-4967-1309-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington
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Paperback Editions

September 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Chariot on the Mountain
Author(s): Jack Ford
ISBN: 1-4967-1310-9 / 978-1-4967-1310-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington
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Audio Editions

August 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Chariot on the Mountain
Author(s): Jack Ford
ISBN: 1-68441-432-6 / 978-1-68441-432-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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August 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Chariot on the Mountain
Author(s): Jack Ford
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August 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Chariot on the Mountain
Author(s): Jack Ford
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August 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Chariot on the Mountain
Author(s): Jack Ford
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Kindle Editions

August 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Chariot on the Mountain
Author(s): Jack Ford
Publisher: Kensington Books
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