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Another pop history pause resister from the New York Times best-selling authors of George Washington's Secret Six and Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates.

When the British fought the young United States during the War of 1812, they knew that taking the mouth of the Mississippi River was the key to crippling their former colony. Capturing the city of New Orleans and stopping trade up the river sounded like a simple task - New Orleans was far away from Washington, out of sight and out of mind for the politicians.

What the British didn't count on was the power of General Andrew Jackson. A formidable military leader with a grudge against the British and a heart for the common man, he rallied the divided inhabitants of New Orleans, bringing together Frenchmen, Native Americans, freed slaves, pirates, and Kentucky woodsmen.

In their now trademark fashion, Kilmeade and Yaeger will trace the development of Jackson's character and bring the listener to the scenes of one of the most pivotal - and surprising - battles in American history.

©2017 Don Yaeger and Brian Kilmeade (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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A lot of detailed information regarding the War

Very good book! Listened to the whole book non-stop. Great crecendo! The War of 1812 wasn't a tie afterall.

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I can't believe the War of 1812 was so pivotal.

The author does a great job in showing the importance of the Battle and the war. It was great to see Jackson shown in a positive light. I hope I'm as good of a leader as he was in this book.

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just when you thought you knew everything

just when you thought you knew everything about the Battle of New Orleans alongcomes a book that brings the Battle to your door step

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  • Suz
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  • 10-27-17

This was new to me War 1812

I learned about the War of 1812 in school, vaguely. This was fascinating information! I listened to it in 2 Days, unusual for me:) Brian’s reading of it was great, full of expression & enthusiasm. I would like my grandchildren to read this book in a few years. Actually, I think every American should read it. It reminded us how Americans all worked together for this magnificent nation called The United States of America. Certainly, still learning & growing, but I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else! Most of the world would like to live here, too. We are not forced to live here, but blessed to do so.

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Outstanding story.

Thanks for the spellbinding story. It is a great lesson in our Nation's history.

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good story

it is an untold story of the saving of our nation everyone needs to hear.

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Good story, poor narration

Brian should stick to occasional comments on early morning tv. I won’t listen to another book if he narrates. Good story but discounted by an untimely, emphatic read. Pay someone to narrate.

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very enjoyable

great book it was hard to put it down. Brian presented it very well. very informative. A great history lesson.

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Great History Lesson

I really enjoyed listening to Brian's enthusiastic rendering of this historic account. For a battle given only a paragraph or two in the history books, Brian highlighted its significance in sharp and brilliant detail. I highly recommend this excellent historical account especially for our history deprived children.

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Great Read!

What Brian and Don have written about, for most of us, is a very obscure but critical time in the advance of our country. It was very well performed by Brian and the level of detail was great. I did have to look at some maps online to visualize the battle lines in New Orleans. Not so much due to their lack of description, but more my general lack of knowledge of NOLA.

In times when it seems our patriotism is waning, the sacrifice, so many years ago, provide any of us the opportunity to protest. Lest we forget the burdens others carried to protect these rights. It makes me want to stand higher when the stars and stripes fly and the band plays our anthem. This was a great book and worth reading (or listening to).