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.
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. Download and start listening now!