These stories span three centuries and five continents. There is the courage of Edward Seager who survived the Charge of the Light Brigade; the cunning of Krystyna Skarbek, quick-thinking spy and saboteur during the Second World War; the skullduggery of Benedict Arnold, who switched sides in the American War of Independence; and the compassion of Magdalene de Lancey who tenderly nursed her dying husband at Waterloo.
Told with vivid narrative energy and full of unexpected insights, War Stories moves effortlessly from tales of spies, escapes, and innovation to uplifting acts of humanity in times of crisis, celebrating men and women whose wartime experiences are beyond compare.
Each account is exciting, and together they present readers with a wide variety of events, personalities, and historical eras. Snow and MacMillan’s substantial, useful, and informative volume of true war stories will interest readers and researchers alike. — Booklist
An excellent account. Snow has told the story of those engagements with brio and a gift for making sense of the complexities of battle. A fine example of serious and literate popular history. It ranks with Anthony S. Pitch’s The Burning of Washington as among the best accounts of a war. — The Washington Post [Praise for When Britain Burned the White House]
Authoritative and absorbing, his profiles sure and compelling, his judgments considered and fair, and his documentation most impressive. Wonderful for nineteenth-century political, military, and diplomatic history; general readers; and all libraries. — Library Journal (starred) [Praise for When Britain Burned the White House]
Never before has this story been told more fully or more engagingly, with greater empathy for both sides, or with greater balance. Snow brings the combatants alive. The pace is brisk, the characterizations sure, the judgments done with a light touch. For the story of that campaign, this is now the narrative to read. — Publishers Weekly [Praise for When Britain Burned the White House]
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