Patriotic fire: Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New Orleans
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From the author of best-selling works of history and fiction, a fast-paced, enthralling retelling of one of the greatest battles fought on the North American continent, and of the two men who--against all expectations and odds--joined forces to repel the British invasion of New Orleans in December 1814. It has all the ingredients of a high-flying adventure story. Unbeknownst to the combatants, the War of l812 has ended, but Andrew Jackson, a brave, charismatic American general--sick with dysentery and commanding a beleaguered garrison--leads a desperate struggle to hold on to the city of New Orleans and to thwart the army that defeated Napoleon. Helping him is a devilish French pirate, Jean Laffite, who rebuffs a substantial bribe from the British and together with his erstwhile enemy saves the city from invasion . . . much to the grateful chagrin of New Orleanians shocked to find themselves on the same side as the brazen buccaneer. Winston Groom brings his considerable storytelling gifts to the re-creation of this remarkable battle and to the portrayal of its main players. Against the richly evocative backdrop of French New Orleans, he illuminates Jackson's brilliant strategy and tactics, as well as the antics and cutthroat fighting prowess of Laffite and his men. Patriotic Fire brings this extraordinary military achievement vividly to life.
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|Full title||patriotic fire andrew jackson and jean laffite at the battle of new orleans|
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|author||Groom, Winston, 1944-|
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December 1814: its economy in tatters, its capital city of Washington, D.C., burnt to the ground, a young America was again at war with the militarily superior English crown. With an enormous enemy armada approaching New Orleans, two unlikely allies teamed up to repel the British in one of the greatest battles ever fought in North America.
The defense of New Orleans fell to the backwoods general Andrew Jackson, who joined the raffish French pirate Jean Laffite to command a ramshackle army made of free blacks, Creole aristocrats, Choctaw Indians, gunboat sailors and militiamen. Together these leaders and their scruffy crew turned back a British force more than twice their number. Offering an enthralling narrative and outsized characters, Patriotic Fire is a vibrant recounting of the plots and strategies that made Jackson a national hero and gave the nascent republic a much-needed victory and surge of pride and patriotism.
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|record_details||ils:CARL0000266924|Book|Books|1st ed.|English|Alfred A. Knopf,|2006.|xxiv, 292 p.,  p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm., overdrive:acb9bec9-6f8d-4b44-bcb0-e69c0c2a4cc9|eBook|eBook||English|Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|2006||
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|subject_facet||Generals -- United States -- Biography, Jackson, Andrew, -- 1767-1845, Laffite, Jean, New Orleans (La.) -- History -- 19th century, New Orleans, Battle of, New Orleans, La., 1815, Pirates -- Louisiana -- Biography|
|title_display||Patriotic fire : Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New Orleans|
|title_full||Patriotic Fire Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New Orleans, Patriotic fire : Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New Orleans / Winston Groom|
|title_short||Patriotic fire :|
|title_sub||Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New Orleans|
|topic_facet||Generals, History, Jackson, Andrew, Laffite, Jean, Military, New Orleans, Battle of, New Orleans, La., 1815, Nonfiction, Pirates|