At the outbreak of the War of 1812, America's prospects looked dismal. It was clear that the primary battlefield would be the open ocean, but America's war fleet, only 20 ships strong, faced a practiced British navy of more than a thousand men-of-war. Still, through a combination of nautical deftness and sheer bravado, the American navy managed to take the fight to the British and turn the tide of the war: on the Great Lakes, in the Atlantic, and even in the eastern Pacific.
In 1812: The Navy's War, prize-winning historian George C. Daughan tells the thrilling story of how a handful of heroic captains and their stalwart crews overcame spectacular odds to lead the country to victory against the world's greatest imperial power. A stunning contribution to military and national history, 1812: The Navy's War is the first complete account in more than a century of how the U.S. Navy rescued the fledgling nation and secured America's future.
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"The War of 1812 was America's first great naval war, and George Daughan tells the story, from the coast of Brazil to the Great Lakes, from election campaigns to grand strategy to ship-to-ship combat. Sweeping, exciting and detailed." (Richard Brookhiser)
"A solidly researched, well-crafted account of U.S. sea power in the War of 1812… Daughan’s achievement is contextualizing the effect of [the U.S. Navy’s] victories…. What kept the peace, Daughan argues provocatively, was America’s post-war commitment to 'a strong navy, an adequate professional army, and the financial reforms necessary to support them' - in other words, an effective deterrent." (Publishers Weekly)
"Vietor’s timing and pacing are perfectly aligned with the narrative style of the text." (Audiofile)
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.
yes, anyone who is interested in history will enjoy this,
While the intent of the book was for a detailed history of this event, sometimes it was too detailed for me, but those sections were short. Overall I would recommend it, I learned a lot, it gave facts to some things I had learned differently. I think understanding history is important.
Who knew that the War of 1812 against the British actually brought England and the United States closer? This is a fascinating story with myriad details about a paltry Army, the invasion of Canada, severe military defeats, a stupendous victory in New Orleans and high seas drama with the fledging US Navy. The book is meticulously researched and nicely written. I commend it to anyone who is interested in this period of American history. The presentation of the book on Audible was quite acceptable.
So much to learn from history. This book was fantastic taking us through the what, who, and why of the war. Highly recommended. Easy listen at 2x speed.
Great book and reader did well too. Makes me want more information on other wars to see what I didn't know about them, especially the smaller wars in 1800s.
The content is interesting and provides a great in-depth look at the war, but it doesn't really support the thesis that this was "the navy's war".
Good account of how a young America showed it's navy was one to be respected. Interesting how Napoleon's war in Europe affected how the British fought the Americans.
Excellent revelation of important background. Excellent narration. To further appreciate our Navy and our history read this book.
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