Washington is burning

2. Washington is Burning


From The Kings Have Won :

“Our whole banking system I ever abhorred, I continue to Abhor, and I shall die abhorring… —John Adams, 1811

On the morning of August 24, 1814, while emissaries of the President of the United States of America, James Madison, were negotiating a peace treaty to end the war of 1812, violent battles still raged on in the United States.

British Major General Robert Ross led his troops into the Battle of Bladensburg. President Madison, defiant, rode north from Washington to defeat him but was unsuccessful. Defeated, Madison and his troops found refuge in Brookeville, Maryland, approximately 60 miles northwest of Washington. 

Meanwhile, Major General Ross, empowered by his success, led a British force into Washington. Under his leadership, the British troops burned many important buildings, including the Presidential Mansion, known today as The White House. The English continued and set fire to the Capitol, the United States Department of War, and the United States Treasury. It was a violent, calculated, but unjustified act.”

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How it all began

Becoming an American citizen led Adrien Gold to study the America’s history. Fascinated by the many momentous but little-known events that he discovered along the way, Gold embarked on writing a series of 19 entertaining and informative short stories of historical fiction, compiled into “The Kings Have Won.” The book recounts America’s 200-year-long battle for the wealth of America.

1. The Pauper Made King

“Of the Founding Fathers, no dream was too grand to dismiss, and I salute them. However, I wish to dedicate all the honors to the builder of Nation, to the man who transformed ideas into realities, to the corruptible genius, to the man so blinded by honor it led him to his death, to the pauper made King; Alexander Hamilton, who helped us, in the words of Thomas Jefferson; “…form the most corrupt government on earth.”

3. Messengers

Caillou was a one-eyed beast of sorts—a disfigured being ravaged by fear and the violence of men; part cyclops, part gargoyle, and part man. A soldier amongst the thousands about to die on this dreary battlefield, he sat, sheltered from the torrential rain; silent, immobile, and apprehensive, waiting for the giant before him to move.