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When Britain Burned the White House, by Peter Snow - review

28 September 2013

9:00 AM

28 September 2013

9:00 AM

When Britain Burned the White House: The 1814 Invasion of Washington Peter Snow

John Murray, pp.320, £25

Peter Snow explains that he decided to look into this extraordinary story when he realised how few people knew about it, and was inspired to write a book by the wealth and quality of eyewitness accounts from both sides. The result is superb. When Britain Burned the White House is an exemplary work of history — lucid, witty and humane, with terrific pace, and so even-handed that it will surely be received as well in America as here.

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