Patriotic Fire by Winston Groom: Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New Orleans has been the subject of many history books and even songs, it becomes a complete colorful story of a pirate, an army and a fight for freedom.
Did you know that the Americans had the help of pirates in the Revolutionary War? Well, Patriotic Fire: Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New Orleans delves into this factual part of our history through the Battle of New Orleans. Jean Laffite was a buccaneer who was also moving smuggled goods on the black market in the area of New Orleans.
In the Battle of New Orleans he ends up on the same side of the fence as Andrew Jackson, thousands of soldiers, members of the militia and others who were willing to face death for freedom. Side by side on the fields stood freed slaves, rich men who had lost everything they owned, crooks and those who had sworn to uphold the laws. On the other side of the field was double their number (or more) of British solders who were better fed, better armed, and better trained in the art of war.
This book is an amazing look at how those who would never have been in the same part of town much less shoulder to shoulder came together to take on and win over the British army, keeping New Orleans out of the hands of the British. This book was a great way to learn history.
Throughout the woven story Groom builds a perfect picture of the way the times were and how those who never should have had a chance were able to beat the odds and hold their ground. This is the way history should be taught and it would never be forgotten.
Grover Gardner has a great deep voice that was perfect for listening to the story. He had the kind of documentary voice you want for a book that is bringing history to life as well as enough personality and emphasis to keep it interesting and exciting where appropriate.