Through the Perilous Fight: From the Burning of Washington to the Star-Spangled Banner: The Six Weeks That Saved the Nation

Through the Perilous Fight: From the Burning of Washington to the Star-Spangled Banner: The Six Weeks That Saved the Nation

by Steve Vogel


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812981391
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 596,975
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Steve Vogel is the author of The Pentagon and a veteran national reporter for The Washington Post. He has written extensively about military affairs and the treatment of veterans from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. His reporting on the war in Afghanistan was part of a package of Washington Post stories selected as a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. Vogel covered the September 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, and the building’s subsequent reconstruction. He covered the war in Iraq and the first Gulf War, as well as U.S. military operations in Rwanda, Somalia, and the Balkans. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, Vogel received a master’s degree in international public policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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Table of Contents

Map xiii

Last of Illustrations xv

Prelude: I See Nothing Else Left 3

Chapter 1 How Do You Like the War Now? 11

Chapter 2 Laid in Ashes 33

Chapter 3 The British Invasion 57

Chapter 4 What the Devil Will They Do Here? 75

Chapter 5 Be It So, We Will Proceed 95

Chapter 6 The Enemy in Bladensburg! 121

Chapter 7 The Battle for Washington 137

Chapter 8 A Spectacle Terrible and Magnificent 165

Chapter 9 They Feel Strongly the Disgrace 189

Chapter 10 Hide Our Heads 209

Chapter 11 The Arrogant Foe 225

Chapter 12 The Mission of Francis Scott Key 247

Chapter 13 The Town Must Be Burned 269

Chapter 14 The Battle for Baltimore 287

Chapter 15 The Rockets' Red Glare 311

Chapter 16 Does That Star-Spangled Banner Yet Wave? 337

Chapter 17 Our Glorious Peace 363

Epilogue 391

Acknowledgments 423

Notes 427

Selected Bibliography 505

Index 519

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