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Tango0120 May 2017 4:02 p.m. PST

…at the Battle of New Orleans

"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"
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Haitiansoldier Inactive Member23 May 2017 5:41 p.m. PST

I bought that book from Amazon recently and returned it after reading half of it. The book was not really about the battle but more on Jackson and Lafitte. Thankfully the next day I got Robert Remini's Battle of New Orleans at a bookstore for only 4 dollars. A much better book on the battle.

Normal Guy24 May 2017 7:19 a.m. PST

For it is worth, I have read both Groom's and Remini's books. Both were excellent, but Groom's resonated with me better. Maybe it was because I wanted more insight into the backgrounds of Jackson and Lafitte.

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