The Star Spangled Banner

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
The national anthem of the United States of America is probably one of the most recognized tunes in the world, yet the meaning of the words is largely a mystery, even to those who know them. The story of how and why the anthem came to be written and why it has the words it does is the story of a doctor and a lawyer caught up in a war within a greater war that rocked the very foundations of Europe. More
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chris holmes reviewed on Sep. 16, 2012

Not the sort of reading i undertake these days - alas - and i'm the poorer for it. my daughters are in the USA and ive sent the link for them to get this under their belt.

I've reviewed many books in my time and, as a literary agent, met raw material and even had to wrestle it into shape. I know how very difficult it is to marshal dry facts into order and keep the story lively. Tony Cross succeeds magnificently here and i read right through when i could have done a mere duty read to get the gist and fibbed under close questioning.
If youre at all interested in the subject - which i'm not, except to be one up on my girls - this is the book for you and you wont need another.

But struth, what a wordy (and worthy) anthem it is, to be sure. I shouldnt think more than 10% of 'ordinary' patriots have the faintest idea of the riveting story. Highly recommended and I'll watch out for more from Mr Cross.
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Ian Strathcarron reviewed on Aug. 30, 2012

A fascinating and little known story well told. I enjoyed reading this short book very much and enjoyed too this little slice of history.
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