- Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
- Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
- Release date: 08-15-16
The Burning of the White House AudioBook Summary
Told from multiple points of view – including those of James and Dolley Madison and a British admiral – this is the true story of the burning of the White House in 1814.
It’s unimaginable today, even for a generation that saw the Twin Towers fall and the Pentagon attacked. It’s unimaginable because in 1814, enemies didn’t fly overhead; they marched through the streets, and for 26 hours in August, the British enemy marched through Washington, DC, and set fire to government buildings, including the US Capitol and the White House.
Relying on firsthand accounts, historian Jane Hampton Cook weaves together several different narratives to create a vivid, multidimensional account of the burning of Washington, including the escalation that led to it and the immediate aftermath. From James and Dolley Madison to the British admiral who ordered the White House set aflame, historical figures are brought to life through their experiences of this unprecedented attack.