The Dawn's Early Light

By Walter Lord

Walter Lord―author of such best-sellers as A evening to Remember and A Day of Infamy―brings to lifestyles the notable occasions of what we now name The battle of 1812―including the burning of Washington and the assault on Baltimore's fortress McHenry that encouraged the Francis Scott Key to put in writing what could develop into our nationwide anthem. Lord provides readers a dramatic account of ways a brand new experience of nationwide id emerged from the smoky haze of what Francis Scott Key so lyrically known as "the dawn's early light."

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