Sunday, January 30, 2005

Readings on America 

I have two books on my shelf, demanding to be read and reviewed for two different websites, one on the teen drug epidemic and one on story cloths of Bali.

They will have to wait, however, until 1812: The War that Forged a Nation is over. The book by Walter Borneman is wonderful. I can't put it down. Captain James Lawrence just died, yelling "Don't give up the ship!" The ship wasn't "given up" exactly - it's just all the officers were dead, as were many of the seamen, and the British just walked over and lowered the stars and stripes.

That's okay - Commodore Stephen Decatur's victory over the Macedonian was glorious. Washington, D.C. has yet to burn, and Francis Scott Key has yet to watch with horror from a British ship as Baltimore's Fort McHenry is bombed but not taken.


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