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[An] excellent account…Snow, an experienced British journalist, has told the story of those engagements with brio and a fine gift for making sense of the complexities of battle… a fine example of serious and literate popular history… It ranks with Anthony S. Pitch's fine "The Burning of Washington" (2000) as among the best accounts of a war that hardly deserves to be forgotten. (Washington Post)
Snow's narrative is authoritative and absorbing, his profiles sure and compelling, his judgments considered and fair, and his documentation most impressive. Wonderful for 19th-century political, military, and diplomatic history; specialists in Anglo-American relations; general readers; and all libraries. (Library Journal, Starred Review)
Never before has this story been told more fully or more engagingly, with greater empathy for both sides, or with greater balance…Snow dug deeply into records and reminiscences and, especially for the British side, brought the combatants, simple and august, alive. The pace is brisk, the characterizations sure, the judgments done with a light touch. The book distinguishes itself by rounding off the story of Washington with the subsequent Baltimore attack--both part of the larger British Chesapeake campaign. For the story of that campaign, this is now the narrative to read. (Publishers Weekly)
With ample quotes from English letters and diaries, Snow ably brings out the humanity of his subjects. (Kirkus Reviews)
A well-done chronicle of an episode of the war that helped to shape the 'special relationship' between the U.S. and Britain. (Booklist)
Snow says 'the clarity, humanity and wit of British and American men and women who were there bring the story alive as if it had happened today.' He can take credit for bringing those attributes to the page. (Marine Corps Times)
Peter Snow's account of this extraordinary event in British-American relations reads like a military thriller, each chapter raising the tension with a mass of detail and a kaleidoscope of characters who transform this book from what could have been a dry, chronological account into a riveting romp. . . . Snow adds an extra ingredient--a boyish enthusiasm for his subject . . . a meticulous and fascinating account. (The Times (UK))
Snow builds his account on the voices of those who fought and witnessed the campaign, from nervous U.S. militiamen to Ross, Cockburn, and Dolley Madison, the president's resourceful wife. Written with verve and insight, this is a fitting reminder of a remarkable interlude in a war that deserves to be better known. (BBC History Magazine)
The result is superb. When Britain Burned the White House is an exemplary work of history--lucid, witty, and humane, with terrific pace, and so evenhanded that it will surely be received as well in America as here. (The Spectator (UK))
PETER SNOW is a highly respected British journalist, author, and broadcaster. He was ITN's diplomatic and defence correspondent from 1966 to 1979 and presented Newsnight from 1980 to 1997. An indispensable part of election nights, he has also covered military matters on and off the world's battlefields for forty years. Peter is married and has six children.
A great read. Snow does an entertaining and informative job of explaining a little-discussed part of American history. I loved it.Published 2 months ago by Graeme P. Auton
I really enjoyed this book. It moves along at a crisp pace without giving you the feeling you've been cheated on the history. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Under State
I liked this book. It was very entertaining and also very educational. I learned so much but yet it did not feel like a textbook. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Horton
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It is a well constructed account of an important historical event. That said, I'm always disappointed when I run across inaccuracies in a historical... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Massengale
I started reading this as a kindle download and got hooked...so I got the whole thing (digitally). It is amazingly graphic in that it has the kind of detail that puts you right... Read morePublished 10 months ago by ematarese
To be honest I'm still reading this book but, so far, it is an even-handed, compelling if tragic recounting of this terrible event. Read morePublished 10 months ago by sooner steve