Patriotic Fire: Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New Orleans (Paperback)
Winston Groom is the author of twenty previous books, including Forrest Gump, Conversations with the Enemy (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Shiloh 1862, and The Generals. He served in Vietnam with the Fourth Infantry Division and lives in Point Clear, Alabama.
“An astonishing story of how a ragtag corps of backwoodsmen, Louisiana creoles, refugees, pirates, Indians and free African Americans defeated a large, disciplined, experienced and professional British army at the Battle of New Orleans.” —The Washington Post Book World
“Spectacular. . . .Groom’s finest book to date. . . . An eloquent and riveting account of the Battle of New Orleans.” —The Mobile Press-Register
“Vivid. . . . A fast-paced historical account that reads like a novel.” —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Gripping. . . . Groom is a first-rate storyteller who manages to breathe fresh life into an oft-told tale.” —The New Orleans Times-Picayune
“A riveting account of men at war during a crucial moment in the nation’s history. . . . Groom brings to vivid life the dynamic characters of Jackson and Laffite and the latter’s colorful band of brothers.” —Santa Fe New Mexican