Patriotic Fire

Patriotic Fire

Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New Orleans

Book - 2006
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From the author of best-selling works of history and fiction, a fast-paced, enthralling retelling of one of the greatest battles fought on the North American continent, and of the two men who--against all expectations and odds--joined forces to repel the British invasion of New Orleans in December 1814.

It has all the ingredients of a high-flying adventure story. Unbeknownst to the combatants, the War of l812 has ended, but Andrew Jackson, a brave, charismatic American general--sick with dysentery and commanding a beleaguered garrison--leads a desperate struggle to hold on to the city of New Orleans and to thwart the army that defeated Napoleon. Helping him is a devilish French pirate, Jean Laffite, who rebuffs a substantial bribe from the British and together with his erstwhile enemy saves the city from invasion . . . much to the grateful chagrin of New Orleanians shocked to find themselves on the same side as the brazen buccaneer. Winston Groom brings his considerable storytelling gifts to the re-creation of this remarkable battle and to the portrayal of its main players. Against the richly evocative backdrop of French New Orleans, he illuminates Jackson's brilliant strategy and tactics, as well as the antics and cutthroat fighting prowess of Laffite and his men.

Patriotic Fire brings this extraordinary military achievement vividly to life.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2006.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781400044368
Branch Call Number: 973.5239 GR
Characteristics: xxiv, 292 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Jan 07, 2013

I haven't read any other books about the Battle of New Orleans, so I can't compare the information here to anything else, but I thought this book was very good. A lot of the historical facts haven't been able to be ascertained for certain, so in many cases the author explains why he believes one thing over another. I found the book very informative regarding many subjects including Andrew Jackson, Jean Laffite, various indian tribes, countrymen who fought in the battle, and the state of the nation in general. It is surprising to know just how close we came to being under British rule.


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