The Rest I Will Kill: William Tillman and the Unforgettable Story of How a Free Black Man Refused to Become a Slave by Brian McGinty

by - August 22, 2016

The Rest I Will Kill: William Tillman and the Unforgettable Story of How a Free Black Man Refused to Become a SlaveThe Rest I Will Kill: William Tillman and the Unforgettable Story of How a Free Black Man Refused to Become a Slave by Brian McGinty
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hats off to Brian McGinty for reminding us of the thrilling story of William Tillman. The concept of the book was a breath of fresh air in a crammed arena of Civil War history. However, the heavy reliance on suppositions and the often dry writing made it a difficult read, even considering its short length.

The research and passion that the author put into this work is very apparent, and the story is richer because of it. This may bore people who are already familiar with the time period, but they can easily skim these passages.

Overall, this is a recommended read, if only for reminding us of this long-forgotten story. It will not require much of a commitment, and no background knowledge is required. Casual readers can take a leisurely stroll through the story, and academic readers have a deep sea of notes to explore at the end.

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