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Through the Perilous Fight - Six Weeks That Saved the Nation

Steve Vogel

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In the summer of 1814, the United States of America teetered on the brink of disaster. The war it had declared against Great Britain two years earlier appeared headed toward inglorious American defeat. The young nation's most implacable nemesis, the ruthless British admiral George Cockburn, launched an invasion of Washington in a daring attempt to decapitate the government and crush the American spirit. The British succeeded spectacularly, burning down most of the city's landmarks-including the White House and the Capitol-and driving President James Madison from the area. As looters ransacked federal buildings and panic gripped the citizens of Washington, beleaguered American forces were forced to regroup for a last-ditch defense of Baltimore. The outcome of that "perilous fight" would help change the outcome of the war-and with it, the fate of the fledgling American republic. In a fast-paced, character-driven narrative, Steve Vogel tells the story of this titanic struggle from the perspective of both sides. Like an epic novel, Through the Perilous Fight abounds with heroes, villains, and astounding feats of derring-do. The vindictive Cockburn emerges from these pages as a pioneer in the art of total warfare, ordering his men to "knock down, burn, and destroy" everything in their path. While President Madison dithers on how to protect the capital, Secretary of State James Monroe personally organizes the American defenses, with disastrous results. Meanwhile, a prominent Washington lawyer named Francis Scott Key embarks on a mission of mercy to negotiate the release of an American prisoner. His journey will place him with the British fleet during the climactic Battle for Baltimore, and culminate in the creation of one of the most enduring compositions in the annals of patriotic song: "The Star-Spangled Banner." Like Pearl Harbor or 9/11, the burning of Washington was a devastating national tragedy that ultimately united America and renewed its sense of purpose. Through the Perilous Fight combines bravura stor

Language:

English

Narrators:

Arthur Morey

Length:

14h 42m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

13:18


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

50:05


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

50:42


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

33:30


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

37:52


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

55:33


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

32:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:02:14


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

47:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

39:55


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

32:49


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

47:37


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

47:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

36:31


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

48:31


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

53:52


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

55:55


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:00:10


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:15:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

00:57