Americans have long stood to salute the flag and sing the national
anthem, but in the wake of September 11, it has become more than a
ritual at the beginning of a baseball game. Our flag has been on
proud display in nearly every home, car, and shop window across the
country and our national anthem has never been more popular.
Despite this resurgence in patriotism, few know the real story
behind "The Star Spangled Banner" -- neither the song nor the flag
that inspired it. In this remarkable book, New York Times reporter
Irvin Molotsky tells the story of what really inspired Francis
Scott Key, a Washington lawyer, to pen this historic ode. Brimming
with fascinating Americana, The Flag, the Poet and the Song brings
historical events and figures, both legendary and unknown -- from
the flag's seamstress to the military heroes of the War of 1812 --
to vivid life. In witty, accessible language and brimming with
little known facts, Molotsky gives readers a book to be read and
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