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The Tubman Command

Elizabeth Cobbs

Warwick's presents
Elizabeth Cobbs

The Tubman Command

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 7:30pm

7812 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

Reserved Seating is available when the book is pre-ordered from Warwick's for the event. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

On Tuesday, June 11th at 7:30pm Warwick's will host Elizabeth Cobbs as she discusses and signs her new book, The Tubman Command. An award-winning novelist, historian, and documentary filmmaker, Elizabeth Cobbs is the author of eight books, including the New York Times bestselling novel, The Hamilton Affair, and The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers. Elizabeth earned her Ph.D. in American history at Stanford University. She holds the Melbern Glasscock Chair at Texas A&M University and is a Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. She lives in La Mesa, California. This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available when the book is pre-ordered from Warwick's for the event. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

The Tubman Command brings Harriet Tubman to life at the moment of her greatest gamble. Cobbs, author of the bestselling The Hamilton Affair, has taken yet another iconic figure from American history and crafted a story rich in emotional depth and astonishing realism. With Tubman as the face of the campaign to put a famous American woman on the twenty-dollar bill by 2020, interest in her story has never been higher.

The rigors of the Underground Railroad have proven Tubman a whip-smart survivor, strategist, and escape artist. Recruited by the Union Army, the diminutive and inconspicuous spy known as “Moses” leads a team of black scouts up South Carolina’s Combahee River to find a hole in Southern defenses through which Union gunships can sail. Among them is one Samuel Heyward, a runaway who works his way into her guarded heart through his strength and devotion.

But danger abounds and each reconnaissance mission poses new threats. As Tubman searches for naval mines in the alligator infested river, she must outwit brutal plantation overseer and Rebel lookouts. Her work is complicated by Union soldiers who remain skeptical of her mission and skill, throwing constant obstacles in her way.

Yet Tubman expects these men to underestimate her. It’s what they’ve always done — and why she is the perfect spy. It’s Samuel Heyward who helps see Tubman to safe shores. A decade earlier she’d sacrificed home and husband to obtain freedom, yet independence also brings loneliness and isolation. Heyward reminds Moses of love’s power to light even the most desolate times and – terrifyingly – how it can become yet another thing to lose. The larger than life figures of our textbooks leap to life in Cobbs’ capable hands – their losses, loves, and labors as fresh as any modern tale starring a brave and vulnerable heroine. From one of American history’s darkest periods, The Tubman Command reveals the bone-deep ache of liberty denied, paying tribute to Tubman’s valiant undertaking with the twists and turns of a master storyteller.

The Tubman Command: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948924344
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arcade - May 21st, 2019