The Dawn's Early Light Author:Walter Lord Editorial Reviews — Review — "Still the best account available of the two key battles of the War of 1812... Popular historian Walter Lord, a Baltimore native, also wrote the bestsellers A Night to Remember and A Day of Infamy. In The Dawn's Early Light he brings the 1814 battles around Washington and Baltimore to life, making them seem terrifying ... more »and critical, as they must have seemed to Marylanders at the time." -- Baltimore City Paper
Walter Lord--author of such best-sellers as A Night to Remember and A Day of Infamy--brings to life the remarkable events of what we now call The War of 1812--including the burning of Washington and the attack on Baltimore's Fort McHenry that inspired the Francis Scott Key to write what would become our national anthem. Lord gives readers a dramatic account of how a new sense of national identity emerged from the smoky haze of what Francis Scott Key so lyrically called "the dawn's early light."