Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation by Steve Vogel

By Steve Vogel

In a rousing account of 1 of the serious turning issues in American heritage, during the Perilous struggle tells the gripping tale of the burning of Washington and the inconceivable final stand at Baltimore that helped shop the state and encouraged its nationwide Anthem.

In the summer time of 1814, the U.S. of the US teetered near to catastrophe. The warfare it had declared opposed to nice Britain years past seemed headed towards inglorious American defeat. The younger nation’s so much implacable nemesis, the ruthless British Admiral George Cockburn, introduced an invasion of Washington in a bold try and decapitate the govt. and weigh down the yank spirit. The British succeeded spectacularly, burning down many of the city’s landmarks—including the White residence and the Capitol—and riding President James Madison from the realm. As looters ransacked federal structures and panic gripped the electorate of Washington, beleaguered American forces have been pressured to regroup for a last-ditch security of Baltimore. the end result of that “perilous fight” might support switch the end result of the war—and with it, the destiny of the fledgling American republic.

In a fast moving, character-driven narrative, Steve Vogel tells the tale of this big fight from the point of view of each side. Like an epic novel, during the Perilous struggle abounds with heroes, villains, and astonishing feats of derring-do. The vindictive Cockburn emerges from those pages as a pioneer within the artwork of overall conflict, ordering his males to “knock down, burn, and destroy” every little thing of their direction. whereas President Madison dithers on how one can guard the capital, Secretary of country James Monroe in my view organizes the yankee defenses, with disastrous effects. in the meantime, a renowned Washington attorney named Francis Scott Key embarks on a undertaking of mercy to barter the discharge of an American prisoner. His trip will position him with the British fleet in the course of the climactic conflict for Baltimore, and culminate within the production of 1 of the main enduring compositions within the annals of patriotic tune: “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Like Pearl Harbor or Sept. 11, the burning of Washington used to be a devastating nationwide tragedy that finally united the US and renewed its experience of objective. in the course of the Perilous struggle combines bravura storytelling with brilliantly rendered personality sketches to recreate the exciting six-week interval whilst american citizens rallied from the ashes to beat their oldest adversary—and win themselves a brand new beginning of freedom.
Advance compliment for during the Perilous Fight

“Steve Vogel does a great task of bringing this woeful story to life.”—The Washington Post

“Vogel . . . beautifully dramatizes a crusade whose legacy is ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ either the anthem and the flag for which it stands, at the present time displayed in Washington.”—Booklist

“The skilled writer is familiar with how one can write in regards to the army and its human and martial conflicts. . . . A fast, bright account of the injuries, intricacies and insanities of war.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Very positive storytelling, impeccably researched . . . in the course of the Perilous struggle brings to lifestyles the fraught occasions of 1814 with compelling and convincing vigor.”—Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of a military at sunrise

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One question to be asked is: why was Nubia so important to Egypt. A second logically follows: why were there no forays into Palestine at this time? But of overriding importance is yet anodler. Namely, why should Egypt have embarked upon an empire-building policy? I believe that all Wee can be answered so long as we keep our attention focused upon the social aspects of the military in early Dynasty XVIlI. The wars against the Hyksos had pro duced an outlet for the military cast. The kings' campaigns had heightened the nationalistic fervor of certain sectors of the state, in particular tlle elite centered in Thebes and tlle immediate zones north and south of that nome.

The sizes of these boats are unfortunately unknown. ) Some have maintained that these terms indicate that they were adaptations of Nilotic vessels. This interpretation assunles that the two geographic terms Byblos and Keftiu merely refer to the destination or origin of travel. It is better to view such 53 SOUTHERN AND NORTHERN EXPANSION SOUTHERN AND NORTHERN EXPANSION seagoing vessels as having originally been constructed at these localities Or else associated with these maritime regions. Early in their history the Egyp_ tians would have utilized the foreign know-how to transport goods on their own ships, which were made on the specifications of the foreigners.

The heights of the mcn average to 169 cm, and they died at the approximare age inreryal of 30-40. 4 kilo~ (~l11all frame) to 1 kilos (large trame). l1t Douglas Derry led to a remarkable conclu~ion. lracteristic, that were not present in the sourh of Egypt. ThIS quandary was resol\'ed by hypothesizing thar the soldiers were pos~ibly fi'om rhe northern border terntories of the southern Theban state. Subsequently, Hans Wolfgang Muller telt that they may hale been Asiatics: De,- "Armreij'J> des J(ihttl1s Ahmost' lmd der Randgc/mkschl/t::, des Bogmschiitzm im alten AgyptCll tmd Vordemsiel1, Phillip Von Zabern, Mainz am Rhein (1989), 16-17.

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