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The Flag, the Poet, and the Song

The Story Of The Star-Spangled Banner

By Irvin Molotsky

Every American knows "The Star-Spangled Banner," even if we can't sing it to save our lives. But how many people know what really happened through the perilous night that led a Washington lawyer to pen his historic ode?

Like the subjects of Cod or Longitude, our national anthem is something taken for granted. But it was not always so. In this remarkable, flawlessly researched book, New York Times reporter Irvin Molotsky tells the story behind the story and, in the process, reveals an important piece of our country's heritage. Molotsky brings both legendary and unknown events and figures to vivid life-from the flag's seamstress to the military heroes of the War of 1812. In witty, accessible language, he charts the little-known events leading up to the war, and the far-reaching impact this obscure conflict has had on our national psyche. The Flag, the Poet, and the Song also uncovers the facts and fallacies surrounding the flag and the song, from the tremendous size of the flag to why we continue trying to sing our anthem to this day.

Brimming with fascinating Americana, The Flag, the Poet, and the Song is a book that will be read and reread, whether you're a lover of history, a patriot, or just waiting for the umpire to say "play ball!"

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Format: Book
Author: Molotsky, Irvin
Title: The flag, the poet, and the song : the story of the Star-Spangled Banner / Irvin Molotsky.
Publisher Date: New York : Dutton, c2001.
Subject: Key, Francis Scott, 1779-1843 Star-spangled banner (Song) Baltimore, Battle of, Baltimore, Md., 1814 Flags -- United States -- History -- 19th century. United States -- History -- War of 1812 -- Flags. United States -- History -- War of 1812 -- Influence
Isbn: 0525946004 (acid-free paper)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 2
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Call Number: 973.52 Mol
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Bib Id: 164557

Format: Book
Author: Molotsky, Irvin
Title: The flag, the poet, and the song : the story of the Star-Spangled Banner / Irvin Molotsky.
Publisher, Date: New York : Dutton, c2001.
Description: xiv, 240 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Subjects: Key, Francis Scott, 1779-1843
Subjects: Star-spangled banner (Song)
Subjects: Baltimore, Battle of, Baltimore, Md., 1814
Subjects: Flags -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Subjects: United States -- History -- War of 1812 -- Flags.
Subjects: United States -- History -- War of 1812 -- Influence
Other Title: Flag, the poet & the song
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-227) and index.
LCCN: 2001017325
ISBN: 0525946004 (acid-free paper)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: 973.52 Mol