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Patriotic Fire: Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New Orleans

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Winston Groom

Narrated By: Grover Gardner

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: July 2006

Duration: 10 hours 0 minutes


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.


  • rett garner

    Thoroughly enjoyed both the book and the narrator. My second favorite the So far of about 20 Audiobooks only being beat by undaunted courage.

  • gerryruth

    Not sure what to title this. I listened recently to another Jackson biography so there was a lot of duplication. I did listen throughout, but it was a little heavy on the military strategy etc for my taste. There was information that wasn't duplication so I'm not sorry I listened to it. I might have given it 4 stars if I hadn't listened to the other biography.

  • jondeb

    Very good telling of the Battle for New Orleans in the War of 1812. Groom does an excellent job of setting the table for the battle and describing all of the events including the earlier skirmishes and the battle on the west bank. Superficial information only is given to Lafitte and his Barartarians, probably since they still remain "shadowy" figures even to this day. It is still a great book, with wonderful narration, and the reader comes away with a good knowledge of the battle. Can't wait for Groom's Shiloh book! He is proving to be a great historian and not just a "Forrest Gump" novelist!!

  • Anonymous

    This was a very enjoyable book to listen to. I really liked it.

  • Anonymous

    A very good listen. The narration was excellent and I sat through four days of traffic in a totally different world. Well, perhaps not, I was on Los Angeles freeways and they are know for their share of blood. I recommend this not only for the history but the presentation.

Patriotic Fire: Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New Orleans

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