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It's unimaginable today, even for a generation that saw the Twin Towers fall and the Pentagon attacked. It's unimaginable because in 1814, enemies didn't fly overhead; they marched through the streets, and for 26 hours in August, the British enemy marched through Washington, DC, and set fire to government buildings, including the US Capitol and the White House.
Relying on firsthand accounts, historian Jane Hampton Cook weaves together several different narratives to create a vivid, multidimensional account of the burning of Washington, including the escalation that led to it and the immediate aftermath. From James and Dolley Madison to the British admiral who ordered the White House set aflame, historical figures are brought to life through their experiences of this unprecedented attack.
The Burning of the White House is the story of a city invaded, a presidential family displaced, a nation humbled, and an American spirit that somehow remained unbroken.
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By Mike on 01-20-17
Written Like a Children's Book. Boring.
This book reads like it was written for a nine year old girl, should have been titled "Dolly Madison, the Most Nicest Person Ever, and Other Super Swell People!" I don't think the author meant to write it like that, I think she is an amateur and apparently so was her editor. Very weak book, nothing anyone accustomed to reading good history would like. Never should have been published, unless as a children's book. And my gosh she overused the "phoenix" analogy so much it was embarrassing, ugh. Big waste of time.
By Amazon Fan on 12-22-16
Good book but,
Good book. If you don't have a background on the War of 1812 this book will give it to you.
Story rambles and gets lost sometimes but usually comes back to where it's supposed to be.
Narrator is okay. She tries different voices but the men all sound the same.
I would recommend this book.