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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (105 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jefferson Morley Narrator: Peter Jay Fernandez Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781464048357
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Editor and investigative reporter Jefferson Morley has been widely published in national periodicals and is the author of the critically acclaimed nonfiction work Our Man in Mexico. An eye-opening look at Washington’s first race riot, Snow-Storm in August also offers revealing profiles of Arthur Bowen, the slave blamed for the riot, and Star Spangled Banner lyricist Francis Scott Key, a defender of slavery who sought capital punishment for Bowen. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Snow-Storm in August is the sort of book I most love to read: history so fresh it feels alive, yet introducing me to a time and place that I had little known or utterly misunderstood. After reading Jefferson Morley’s vibrant account, one can never hear The Star-Spangled Banner the same way again.” 

    David Maraniss, author of Barack Obama: The Story

  • Snow-Storm in August deepens our appreciation of how slavery made a mockery of the founding and made the Civil War as close to inevitable as any event in our history.” 

    Washington Post

  • “An elegant, readable narrative…Snow-Storm in August touches on themes still relevant today: unresolved racial tensions, simmering resentment over economic disparity, influence peddling among the powerful, and the red-blue divide between conservatives and progressives over whether human property—and their descendants—deserve the full benefits of the new nation's famously stated ideals.” 

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Morley has given readers a noteworthy, insightful look into an often overlooked chapter in American history.” 

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 1/10/2014

    " Interesting read about race relations pre-civil war. Never knew much about Francis Scott Key other than he wrote the national anthem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Stevenson | 12/30/2013

    " Very thought provoking. I only knew Francis Scott Key as the author of the Star Spangle Banner. Very well written and an excellent read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dru | 12/10/2013

    " Well written and researched and interesting but some of the author's broad generalizations go from misleading to just wrong. (Lincoln only emancipated the slaves in the South in 1863, not in the whole country, for example.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wandac | 12/6/2013

    " really interesting tale of washington,dc in 1835, francis scott Key, slavery and free blacks. and more andrew Jackson. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason Mccue | 11/6/2013

    " Well I pushed through this book hoping that something exciting would happen. It didn't so I would say it might be quicker to read Wikipedia than this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 11/3/2013

    " Francis Scott Key - bit of a dick. Who knew? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 10/24/2013

    " Excellent account of an early case where politics overshadowed what was morally right. Told as if it were a novel, riveting and interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Gormley | 9/24/2013

    " Fascinating story of a little-known episode in DC history. Significantly complicates the story of Francis Scott Key and of the patriotic myth of our country's early history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/31/2013

    " This was a fascinating read. Very eye-opening and informative. I recommend this for all history lovers and people who reside in the DC area. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 11/10/2012

    " Very readable history of Washington, DC in the 1820s-1830s with a lot of additional information about Francis Scott Key. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 10/12/2012

    " Not a quick read, but a fascinating book. If only it were required reading in schools! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Desole | 9/8/2012

    " Great non-fiction about the time leading up to the civil war. a bit too much of putting (often prejudiced) words into peoples' mouths. Very interesting though "

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About the Narrator

Peter Jay Fernandez is an accomplished audiobook narrator who has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards and an Audie Award in 2009. He has also appeared on television, film, and stage. His appearances include roles in Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and the musical Thunder Knocking on the Door.