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The Battle of New Orleans

By: Robert V. Remini
Narrated by: Raymond Todd
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Publisher's Summary

This book addresses a pivotal and overlooked moment in American history. In 1815, Britain's crack troops, fresh from victories against Napoleon, were stunningly defeated near New Orleans by a ragtag army of citizen soldiers under the fledgling commander Andrew Jackson, whom they dubbed "Old Hickory." It was this battle that first defined the United States as a military power to be reckoned with and an independent democracy here to stay.

The Battle of New Orleans sets its scenes with an almost unbelievably colorful cast of characters - a happenstance coalition of militia-men, regulars, untrained frontiersmen, free blacks, Indians, townspeople, and of course, Jackson himself. His glorious, improbable victory will catapult a once-poor, uneducated orphan boy into the White House and forge the beginning of a true nation.

©1999 Robert V. Remini (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Todd provides a spirited, unvoiced presentation. He reads in a clear, distinct voice that is easy to follow. The dramatic text needs no further embellishment." ( KLIATT)
"Todd skillfully handles this well-documented history of the final battles of the War of 1812." ( Booklist)

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Pronunciation please!

The narratot’s pronunciation of New Orleans names and places was abysmal. His pronunciation of Lake Borgne was especially especially offensive. It is pronounced Lake BORN not bornya

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If The Johnny Horton Song Is All You Know...

about the war of 1812 and the Battle that saved America from British rule all over again, read this book to get enlightened. Every good American should know this story.

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The book and event that crushes CRT

People of New New Orleans in 1815 - of all races, classes and nationalities unit and crush the ruling elites Tyranny wrapped class bigotry, racial hatred and self righteousness will never stand against an American who’s strength is derived from the pursuit of individual liberty and freedom…for all races and nationalities.

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A very well lay out of what happened.

The time line of events were descrbed very well. I was able to visualize much of what was being described and I remained captivated by wanting to hear more.

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A Good Read for anyone living in New Orleans

One of my favorite books. As someone who moved from rural North Louisiana to “The Big Easy” this book helps moving to probably the most culturally unique city put in perspective. New Orleans has always had issues with natural disasters and crimes. Yet by the grace of God, whether folks realize it or not, the people of New Orleans are resilient. People of every creed and color here have the potential to overcome the odds. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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History

The information in this book was interesting even though the reader sounded like a soulless robot spewing facts as quickly and heartlessly as possible.

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Good pace, character development, and narration

This was an enjoyable history of the Battle. Remini provides just enough character development to help with the understanding of the major players, and then moves on the relate the story of the battle. He describes the positions and movements with enough detail to make it enjoyable as an audio book. I was pleased with the narration. And now I know why several of my ancestors of the early-to-mid-1800s were named after Andrew Jackson!

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Must reading for anyone from NOLA!!

I thought I knew New Orleans history until I heard this book. The detail was fascinating and so important to understand and the evolution of American history.

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It’s a really good book!

The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is because I didn’t fall in love with it or get completely addicted to it. But it’s a really good book and I learned a lot about the Battle of New Orleans, which is the point! And is was free, so that’s wonderful!

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Very interesting

As a fan of historical writing, I was not expecting much. This is really good.