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

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5.2 X 8.11 X 1.22 inches | 0.91 pounds

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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.


"[A] fine study . . . Steve Vogel does a superb job of bringing this woeful tale to life. He leavens his fast-paced narrative with lively vignettes of the principal participants. . . . Vogel meticulously sets the stage for the ensuing debacle."--Joyce Appleby, The Washington Post

"The Perilous Fight is probably the best piece of military history that I have read or reviewed in the past five years. . . . This well-researched and superbly written history has all the trappings of a good novel. There is great heroism, treacherous self-interest, cowardice and intrigue. . . . No one who hears the national anthem at a ballgame will ever think of it the same way after reading this book, nor want the national anthem changed."--Gary Anderson, The Washington Times

"Complementing Donald R. Hickey's War of 1812 and Alan Taylor's The Civil War of 1812, this title will contribute to making this war no longer one of our 'forgotten' conflicts."--Library Journal

"Vogel . . . superbly dramatizes a campaign whose legacy is 'The Star-Spangled Banner, ' both the anthem and the flag for which it stands, today displayed in Washington."--Booklist

"The experienced author knows how to write about the military and its human and martial conflicts. . . . A swift, vibrant account of the accidents, intricacies and insanities of war."--Kirkus Reviews

"Very fine storytelling, impeccably researched . . . Through the Perilous Fight brings to life the fraught events of 1814 with compelling and convincing vigor."--Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of An Army at Dawn

"Before 9/11 was 1814--the year the enemy burned the nation's capital. Steve Vogel gives a splendid account, fast-paced and detailed, of the uncertainty, the peril, and the valor of those days."--Richard Brookhiser, author of James Madison

"The War of 1812 remains one of the most important and least appreciated events in American history. In these engaging pages, Steve Vogel does much to rectify that, telling the story of a critical episode of the conflict with eloquence and insight."--Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power