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February 14, 2018
10:15 am

Washington, D.C., Steve will be speaking at the International Spy Museum as part of the Smithsonian Institutions, "Interception: How Info and Secrets Get Stolen - 4-Session Daytime Course".

In 1954, while thousands were fleeing communist East Berlin, American and British intelligence officers were tunneling in. Working with Britain’s MI6 and US and British army engineers, the CIA dug a tunnel into the Soviet sector of Berlin. The goal? Tapping Soviet military and intelligence communications cables. Steve Vogel, author of the upcoming book, Diamond and Gold: George Blake, the Berlin Tunnel and an Epic Tale of Cold War Espionage, will reveal the remarkable story behind the tunnel’s clandestine construction, its betrayal by the notorious British spy George Blake, and the truth about the effectiveness of this audacious project.

Past Events

November 12, 2014
12:00 pm
Washington, D.C., Steve will be speaking and signing books at an event the Treasury Historical Association Lecture Series, held in the Cash Room at the U.S. Treasury Building.

November 9, 2014
3:00 pm
St. John's College, Annapolis, Md. - Steve will be signing books and will give a talk about the story behind the National Anthem at Francis Scott Key's alma mater. The event, held in the Francis Scott Key auditorium, is part of the "Meet the Authors" fundraiser sponsored by the Caritas Society.

November 8, 2014
8:30 am
Steve will be signing books at "Fire, Flight and Fury," the 10th annual Fairfax County History Conference at the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax.

September 30, 2014
6:30 pm
Tudor Place, Georgetown. Steve will give a talk focusing on the connections of Tudor Place and the Peter Family with the burning of Washington.

September 27, 2014
2:30 pm
Colonial Williamsburg, Va. Steve will sign books and speak about the story of Francis Scott Key and the National Anthem at a 200th anniversary celebration at the Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums.

September 25, 2014
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Harford County, Md. Steve will speak and sign books at the Harford County Library Fallston Branch, 1461 Fallston Road, Fallston, MD 21047.

September 21, 2014
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Foundry United Methodist Church, Washington, D.C. Steve will sign books and speak about the founding of the Foundry church during the British capture of Washington as part of the church's bicentennial observations.

September 20, 2014
12:30 pm
City of Fairfax. Steve will sign books and speak about the British capture of Washington and attack of Baltimore at the City of Fairfax War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration at Historic Blenheim in Fairfax, 3620 Old Lee Highway. See the flyer here.

September 14, 2014
10:00 am to 8:30 pm
Patterson Park, Baltimore. Steve will be selling and signing books at the Creative Alliance Hampstead Hill Festival in Baltimore's Patterson Park marking the 200th anniversary of Star-Spangled Banner.

September 13, 2014
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Steve will mark the 200th anniversary of the bombardment of Fort McHenry with a talk and book signing at the Barnes and Noble at The Power Plant in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, 601 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. 21202.

September 4, 2014
8:30 am
Washington, D.C. Steve will present a paper on the British Chesapeake campaign at America Under Fire, a bicentennial symposium sponsored by the White House Historical Association, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society and James Madison's Montpelier. This event will be carried live on C-SPAN American History TV . The broadcast starts at 8:30 am., Steve will appear at 9:50am.

August 31, 2014
1:00 pm
Alexandria, Va. - Steve will speak at Alexandria's Signature War of 1812 Event marking the 200th anniversary of the capture of Alexandria. The talk begins at 1 pm at the Conversation Garden at Alexandria Waterfront Park, 1-A Prince St, Alexandria VA 22314.

August 30, 2014
Brookeville, Md. Steve will be selling and signing books at the U.S. Capital For a Day commemoration marking Brookeville's role in sheltering President Madison after the burning of Washington.

August 24, 2014
6:00 pm
Leesburg, Va. - Steve will be speaking at a fundraiser at historic Rokeby House, just south of Leesburg, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the 1814 rescue of the Declaration of Independence and other documents brought to Rokeby to save them from the British.

August 24, 2014
3:00 pm
Silver Spring, Md. - Steve will help introduce the Sunday performance of 1814! The Rock Opera at the Silver Spring Black Box Theater.

August 24, 2014
1:00 pm
Washington, D.C. - Steve will mark the 200th anniversary of the burning of Washington with a book talk and signing at Barnes and Noble in downtown D.C. at 555 12th St NW, Washington, DC 20004. The talk at the bookstore is free and open to the public. Participants may also sign up for Washington is Burning walking tours.

August 23, 2014
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Battle of Bladensburg commemoration in Bladensburg, Md. Steve will participate in a writer's roundtable with fellow War of 1812 authors at the waterfront park. It will be broadcast live at 1 pm ET on C-SPAN 3.

August 22, 2014
8:00 pm
Silver Spring, Md. - Steve will be part of a panel of historians introducing the Friday performance of 1814! The Rock Opera at the Silver Spring Black Box Theater.

July 31, 2014
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Meet and Greet at Bethany Beach Books.
99 Garfield Pkwy
Bethany Beach, DE, 19930

July 24, 2014
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
An evening with Steve Vogel, hosted by The William & Mary Washington Office and the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Root Conference Room, 1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20036.

July 17, 2014
5:00 pm
White Birch Books in North Conway, NH. Meet Steve and hear him talk about the six weeks that saved the nation.

July 12, 2014
3:00 pm
Book talk and book signing - Fort Washington Park: Steve will give a talk about the destruction of Fort Washington and the capture of Alexandria during the British attack on Washington 200 years ago. 13351 Fort Washington Rd Fort Washington, MD 20744.

June 29, 2014
1:30 pm
Poolesville Museum, Poolesville, Md. As part of Montgomery County's Heritage Day weekend, Steve will give a talk at 1:30 pm entitled "A Tale of Two Invasions," about the role of Montgomery County role during the War of 1812 and Confederate General Jubal Early's raid 150 years ago.

June 28, 2014
1:00 pm and 3:30 pm
Fort McHenry, Steve will be speaking at noon, 1 pm and 3:30 as part of the Fort! Flag! Fire! program.

June 21, 2014
10:00 am
Virginia Bicentennial of the War of 1812 Legacy Symposium, Hampton, Va. Steve will speak at 10 am on The Washington-Baltimore Campaign.

June 7, 2014
1:00 pm
Raiders and Invaders Weekend, , Leonardtown Town Hall, Leonardtown, Md.
Steve will give a talk and sign books at this event marking the war's bicentennial.

June 4, 2014
4:30 pm
Book Talk - Ash Lawn-Highland, Home of President James Monroe
Charlottesville, Va.

May 28, 2014
7:30 pm
Alexandria Historical Society
The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, Va.
Lecture and book signing.

May 17, 2014
10:35 pm
Gaithersburg Book Festival, Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds
Presentation and book signing.

May 10, 2014
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
War of 1812 Bicentennial Event at Sully
Sully Historic Site
3650 Historic Sully Way
Chantilly, VA 20151

April 19, 2014
4:00 pm
Book Passage, Corte Madera, Ca. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA 94925
Steve will be giving a talk and signing books during his first West Coast appearance for Through the Perilous Fight.

April 11, 2014
7:00 pm
Bethesda Literary Festival, The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815

Steve will be joined by Henry Wiencek, author of Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves, to discuss their books.
Read Steve's Q&A with Deborah Kalb for the Bethesda festival.

April 10, 2014
7:00 pm
Talk and book signing Historical Society of Frederick County, Frederick Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Trunk Hall, 35 E. Church St., Frederick, Md.

March 29, 2014
Brookeville and the Burning of Washington Symposium, Performing Arts Center, Sandy Spring Friends School 16923 Norwood Rd, Sandy Spring, Maryland

March 19, 2014
7:15 pm
Perspectives in Military History Lecture at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle, PA
Download the flyer

March 13, 2014
7:30 pm
Lecture at the Colligan History Project at Miami University Hamilton in Ohio

March 2, 2014
Gunston Hall, Fairfax, Va.
Liberty Lecture Series

October 18 - 20, 2013

October 19, 2013

Rostrevor, Northern Ireland
General Ross Conference

Steve will deliver talk on Maj. Gen. Robert Ross, Rear Adm. George
Cockburn and the 1814 Invasion of the Chesapeake

October 8, 2013
Riversdale House Museum, Riverdale Park, Md.
Book talk and lecture

September 28, 2013


September 21, 2013


4:00pm - 5:00pm
The National Book Festival
The Mall, Washington D.C.

Presentation in History & Biography Tent

Book Signing

September 14, 2013
12:00pm and 3:30pm
Defenders Day Celebration
Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine, Baltimore
Presentations at the Visitors Center and 12 pm and 3:30 pm, with book signings.

September 7, 2013
1814: The Rock Opera
Patterson Theater, Baltimore/The Creative Alliance
Steve is part of a panel introducing the show.

June 20, 2013
12:00 p.m.

June 15, 2013
1:30 p.m.
Flag Day weekend in Frederick
Steve will give a talk and sign books at the Frederick Visitor Center as part of two days of events marking the first visit of the Star Spangled Banner manuscript to Frederick, where Francis Scott practiced law and is buried.

June 12-15, 2013
June 14, 2013
11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
June 15, 2013
9 a.m.

Panel on "The Nation's Capital"

Book signing

May 28, 2013
7 pm
The Barnesville School
Barnesville, Md.

May 23, 2013
6:30 p.m.

May 11, 2013
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Book signing at the Smithsonian Gift Shop
National Museum of American History
14th St. and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

May 3, 2013
"Attack on Havre de Grace Commemoration"
Steve will be signing books during the day at the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the British burning of Havre de Grace, Md.

October 29, 2012
National Portrait Gallery
"The Admiral and the Commodore: George Cockburn, Joshua Barney and the Fight for Washington"
(note: symposium cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy)
See the Symposium PDF
  • About Steve Vogel

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    Steve Vogel is the author of "The Pentagon" and a veteran military reporter for The Washington Post.
  • About The Book

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    "Through the Perilous Fight" combines bravura storytelling with brilliantly rendered character sketches to recreate the thrilling six-week period when Americans rallied from the ashes to overcome their oldest adversary—and win themselves a new birth of freedom.
  • Contact

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    Email Steve Vogel:
    Postal Mail for Steve Vogel:
    P.O. Box 301
    Barnesville MD 20838
  • Also by Steve Vogel

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    This study of a single enigmatic building tells a broader story of modern American history, from the eve of World War II to the new wars of the twenty-first century. Steve Vogel has crafted a dazzling work of military social history that merits comparison with the best works of David Halberstam or David McCullough. Like its namesake, The Pentagon is a true landmark.

Buy the Book

If you would like a signed and personally inscribed copy of Through the Perilous Fight or The Pentagon , please send a check or money order along with a note with the requested inscription and a mailing address for sending the books to the following address:

Steve Vogel
PO Box 301
Barnesville, Md. 20838

Hardcovers of each book are available for $25, and paperback for $15. Include $5 shipping/handling for each hardcover book and $4 for each paperback.