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  • The War of 1812

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Rogers Hummel
    • Narrated By George C. Scott
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    The United States emerged from the American Revolution still engaged in old world politics. In particular, America faced all the trade restrictions of the British Navigation Acts. As a result, The United States declared war on Great Britain in 1812, and proceeded to invade Canada, one of Britain's possessions, an invasion which failed. At a cost of $80 million in national debt and of a single party assuming almost unchallenged power, the War of 1812 has been called "America's most unpopular war".

    Carroll says: "A useful short history class"
    "Just a synopsis with the drama out"
    Overall

    This book was a disappointment. First, George C. Scott is a wonderful actor, but his reading of this book was a disappointment. He doesn't engage with the material, just reads it quickly in a monotone. You have to work to take in what he is saying. The material is accurate and will give you a brief overview, like reading Cliff Notes, if that's what you want. But the author doesn't tell engaging anecdotes or paint interesting portraits of characters, either major or minor. The burning of Washington gets a few sentences, and then right after Francis Scott Key writes a poem called the "Star Spangled Banner" when the British are repelled from Baltimore. Where's the drama in these dramatic moments in American history?

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