This book was a disappointment. First, George C. Scott is a wonderful actor, but his reading of this book was a disappointment. He doesn't engage with the material, just reads it quickly in a monotone. You have to work to take in what he is saying. The material is accurate and will give you a brief overview, like reading Cliff Notes, if that's what you want. But the author doesn't tell engaging anecdotes or paint interesting portraits of characters, either major or minor. The burning of Washington gets a few sentences, and then right after Francis Scott Key writes a poem called the "Star Spangled Banner" when the British are repelled from Baltimore. Where's the drama in these dramatic moments in American history?
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