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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, May 12, 2013
This review is from: Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation (Hardcover)
Having lived in Baltimore for seven years I passed the bouncing marker where Francis Scott Key was reported to have written the Star Spangled Banner. I also saw where the historic battle took place at Fort Morgan. So, when I saw Steven Vogel's newest book "Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks that Saved a Nation" I had to read it.

This spring is the anniversary of when the British attempted to capture the Chesapeake Bay. Vogel gives his readers a rousing account of one of the most critical turning points in American history. The story he tells is gripping, exciting, and seems at times to be unbelievable. However, it is true.

One of the things I most appreciated about the book is that it is character driven rather than event driven, which so many books of battle are. All the characters are rich and full. James Madison is the mild mannered president. British Admiral George Cockburn is the most hated man in America and makes Patton look demure. Secretary of State and future president James Monroe is a man of action but inept in battle. Francis Scott Key is a man of mercy and courage who is so moved by liberty that he encases its ideal in his historic poem. Dolly Madison, the First Lady that risks her life to protect the White House, then when forced to flee insures the portrait of George Washington.

However, do not be mistaken there are plenty of events and action. The book reads well as you are taken into the burning of Washington, the ransacking of the federal government and the Battle for Baltimore.

This is an excellent book that reads like a novel. Most Americans know little about the War of 1812, but it was one of the most important turning points of our nations history. This book is an excellent way to become familiar with this exciting and powerful time in our nations history.
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Initial post: May 14, 2013 11:46:36 AM PDT
Bill Emblom says:
You've convinced me, Darian. I'll buy the book.

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2013 2:33:28 PM PDT
Darian Burns says:
I hope you enjoy it. I sure did. Thanks for the feedback.
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