May 21, 1998 Book on 1814 Burning of Washington To Be Discussed

Press Contact: Craig D'Ooge (202) 707-9189

Writer and historian Anthony S. Pitch will discuss his latest book, The Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814 (Naval Institute Press, 1998), at the Library of Congress on Tuesday, July 28, at 6 p.m. in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. The event is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society and the Center for the Book, the presentation is part of the center's "Books & Beyond" author series.

Drawing on primary resource material in the Library of Congress and other research institutions on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, the book describes the invasion, its causes and its aftermath in vivid detail. During the invasion the U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress within its walls were destroyed. The Burning of Washington is a selection of the History Book Club.

Anthony Pitch is a former broadcast editor for the Associated Press and senior writer in the books division of U.S. News and World Report. His book Chained Eagle, co- authored with Everett Alvarez, was a Military Book Club main selection.

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PR 98-078
ISSN 0731-3527