The United States at War is a collection of audio presentations that review the political, economic, and social forces that have erupted in military conflict, and examine how that conflict resolved, or failed to resolve, the forces that caused it.
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Hearing the voices of different historical figures speaking in authentic language
Background leading up to war
The Mysterious and Amazing War of 1812!
Excellent commentary on events leading up to and included in War of 1812. Voice of George C Scott was quite animated. But I would have appreciated more eyewitness stories from battles and opinions on military strategy
Although the War of 1812 is often referred to as "America's Second War for Independence." this audiobook will not give you any clue as to why that was so, or even why the war was necessary. The background of the story does not get beyond the commonplace explanations you got in grade school: impressment of seamen, some vague border disputes. You would not know, listening to this, that the British kept up an active campaign of harassment and atrocities (partly via Red Indians) against Americans for three decades after the Revolutionary War.
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?
An avid reader, who also loves to listen.
I really enjoyed this listen. Great narration and overall, Scott does a great job. I highly recommend this audiobook for anyone interested in learning more about a war the history classes don't spend too much time covering.
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