The War of 1812 is typically noted for a handful of events: the burning of the White House, the rise of the Star Spangled Banner, and the battle of New Orleans. But in fact the greatest consequence of that distant conflict was the birth of the U.S. Navy. During the War of 1812, America's tiny fleet took on the mightiest naval power on earth, besting the British in a string of victories that stunned both nations.
In his new audiobook Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron: The War of 1812 and the Birth of the American Navy, author Dr. Ronald Utt not only sheds new light on the naval battles of the War of 1812 and how they gave birth to our nation's great navy, but tells the story of the War of 1812 through the portraits of famous American war heroes. From the cunning Stephen Decatur to the fierce David Porter, Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron relates how thousands of American men and boys gave better than they got against the British Navy. The great age of fighting sail is as rich in heroic drama as any epoch.
Dr. Utt's Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron retrieves the American chapter of that epoch from unjustified obscurity, and offers listeners an intriguing chronicle of the War of 1812 as well as a unique perspective on the birth of the U.S. Navy.
©2012 Ronald D. Utt (P)2014 Ronald D. Utt
book is mostly quotes from other books - lacks original research and ideas in my opinion
Narrator cannot pronounce place and people names correctly - painful to listen to.
I have read numerous books on this period. There are a lot of better choices out there.
interesting story of the romantic age of sail; this is the stuff that 'Master and Commander' only emulates
found a narrator who knows how to pronounce nautical terms
story of Steven Decatur and the capture of the Macedonian
The story was great and informative. The narrator was good however couple of pronounciation issues which resulted in Carthaginian ship in 1814 instead of Catagenian.
The glaring issue is a few moments where it sounded like the story was skipping a couple of words when in actuality they are breaks that were supposed to be edited out.
Otherwise truly issues are minor and enjoyed the history and perspectives being shared.
The narrator did not know how to properly pronounce many key words. If a place name appears once or twice, okay, maybe that is excusable. but when it's a key place like Lake Champlain get it right. he did not. his strange pronunciation. rendered the performance unlistenable.
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