A Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast


The New Press, 2022


The winner of the 2021 Cundill History Prize and the 2021 Frederick Douglass Book Prize


“An epic history. . . . A sweeping, thoughtful narrative, joining a new wave of books that make visible previously dismissed Black voices.” —Los Angeles Times


Named one of the best books of the year by NPR, Blood on the River also won two of the highest honors for works of history, capturing both the Frederick Douglass Prize and the Cundill History Prize in 2021. A book with profound relevance for our own time, Blood on the River “fundamentally alters what we know about revolutionary change” according to Cundill Prize juror and NYU history professor Jennifer Morgan.

Blood on the River, by Marjoleine Kars

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