If you have the slightest interest in US History or Naval History you will enjoy this book
proper research. example: the author describes Alexander Hamilton as wanting a king in the United States. anyone who has read even the small amount of his writings as i have will know that this is completely false. he was opposed to such a person.
disappointment. clearly the author is intent in rewriting history. also, i am interested in that period, the navy, and the lessions learned.
Tried to cram too many stories into novel. Better look up 1800's nautical terms before you begin. Although this was an important time in our history as a nation the book was all over the place.
Iranians keep their nukes, Americans lose their insurance.
In the middle.
Did not care for the book until the end, now I think it's fine!
It can get a bit long-winded at times.
He provided some truly interesting stories and anecdotes from first-hand accounts which really spiced up the story and kept my interest.
The reader was serviceable, caused me to get a bit sleepy after a while. Possibly because his reading pace was a bit slow.
Covers multiple angles of the War of 1812, not just the Navy. Includes Army battles, US politics, Napoleon's wars, etc. Everything that affected this war.
The US Navy captains who didn't give a crap about British superiority at sea and took the fight to the British again and again
Proper pronunciations of all the names and sites
A bit hard to keep track of all the names and places. It was fun to listen to the battles around Buffalo and Niagara Falls since I grew up there, but the rest of the places were hard to keep up with. I found myself checking Google maps later
Yes, very interesting facts about American in it's infancy and how we muddled through in this early war.
HIs emphasis was always spot on.
If you are into all of the details of naval and land battles during the War of 1812, this is your book. Every sailing maneuver during battles between the heroic (but crazy) frigates along with compositions of crews, number killed and wounded, damage reports, sails and riggings carried away... all preparations taken for land battles, compositions of armies (regulars, militiamen, Indians, liberated slaves), fortifications, armaments, tactics, blunders, killed and wounded, intentional torching of towns and cities... Honestly, this really is of interest to me. In addition, there is a very detailed account of the disputes between England and the US, of the political maneuvering between the Federalists and the Republicans, of the attitudes in England exhibited by the Parliament, the ministers and the press... The War of 1812 ended in a kind a stalemate... the status quo from the beginning of the war was put back in place... but it had great significance for relations between the US and England... We got respect and England became our friend.for centuries . For Madison it was a titanic struggle.. many blunders, many bad appointments but to his credit he stuck it out and changed our government for the better...
Yes, The book was good, but a lot of history and dry at times. I did learn many details about the War of 1812. This is one that I would listen to again because I missed some details during the first listening.
Yes, I love History.
The exciting sea battles. This book really gives a sense of what they were like, as well as their significance.
The victories of Decatur, Hull, Porter, Biddle, etc. at sea. But two moments that touches me most were the disappearance of the Essex after its victories and the Epervier carrying the Moroccan peace treaty and two newly-wed lieutenants Decatur was sending home so that they could join their wives. Through this book, I became more aware of the hardship of being at sea in those days as well as the horrors of sea battles (officers had a very good chance of being killed or wounded in every encounter). I was particularly impressed by the atrocious way seamen in the British navy were treated, something which led to widespread desertion and the impressing of American seamen that was one of the major reasons for the war. The bad treatment was not restricted to the Royal Navy; the detestable Admiral Bainbridge who was the highest ranking officer in the American navy also made himself hated by his men. But by and large the US seamen fared much better (depending on the captain), and I take a personal pleasure in imagining that this played a part in England's failure to beat the Americans whom the English politicians and military held in such contempt.
The book gives an excellent, thrilling (for the most part), and very detailed account of the war, its circumstances and its significance. I hesitated between 4 and 5 stars but opted for the latter.