In my opinion, the War of 1812 gets a bit lost in the modern presentation of American History and that is a shame. This pivotal conflict was a “make it or break it” point in our history as a nation and deserves to have a much better press agent than in the past! Well, the Ware of 1812 has found a champion in Steve Vogel with his book “Through the Perilous Fight, Six Weeks That Saved the Nation.”
This book is beautifully researched and presented with a wonderful, readable format. The figures from history seem to come back to life with Vogel’s skillful use of quotes from letters, diaries and other historical sources. The quotations nearly serve as dialogue and move the story forward briskly. Francis Scott Key and the birth of the national anthem are integral to the history but other fascinating characters receive their full measure of the reader’s attention.
“Through the Perilous Fight” is a must read for lovers of American History. It would also make a great addition to a course curriculum. Through the Perilous Fight is scheduled for release on May 7th, 2013.
This book was provided to me by Random House for this review. The opinions, however, are entirely my own!