This book contains Lew Wallace's 1880 novel, "Ben Hur". It is the story of Judah Ben-Hur, a nobleman of Jewish descent who was accused of an assassination attempt and consequently enslaved by the Romans. Considered to be the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century, it became a best-selling novel in America. Lewis "Lew" Wallace (1827- 1905) was an American lawyer, union general in the American Civil War, governor of the New Mexico Territory, politician, diplomat, and author. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.