The story of Fort McHenry’s defense during the War of 1812 is well known, but Lion in the Bay by Stanley L. Quick with Chipp Reid takes an intimate and thorough look at the events preceding the battle that inspired our national anthem. Despite a massive bombardment at Fort McHenry, Baltimore’s defenses held, forcing the British to abandon their campaign to close the Chesapeake. Lion in the Bay retells this story of American resilience and triumph in the wake of catastrophe with amazing detail and great skill.
The late Stanley Quick, who died in 2008, served on active duty in the US Navy from 1944–47 before working for many years as a naval architect and civilian engineer. He received his PhD from Brooklyn Polytechnic in 1963 and began a long career with Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Chipp Reid is an award-winning reporter and editor, a licensed ship captain, historian, and Cold War veteran. He has covered wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as baseball, international soccer, and international piracy. His book Intrepid Sailors: The Legacy of Preble's Boys and the Tripoli Campaign was named a “Notable Naval Book of 2012” by Proceedings magazine. Books will be available for purchase.
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