This comprehensive and authoritative history of the War of 1812, thoroughly revised for the 200th anniversary of the historic conflict, is a myth-shattering study that will inform and entertain students, historians, and general listeners alike.
Donald R. Hickey explores the military, diplomatic, and domestic history of our second war with Great Britain, bringing the study up to date with recent scholarship on all aspects of the war, from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada. The newly expanded The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict, Bicentennial Edition includes additional information on the British forces, American Indians, and military operations - such as the importance of logistics and the use and capabilities of weaponry.
Hickey explains how the war promoted American nationalism and manifest destiny, stimulated peacetime defense spending, and enhanced America's reputation abroad. He also shows that the war sparked bloody conflicts between pro-war Republican and anti-war Federalist neighbors, dealt a crippling blow to American Indians, and solidified the United States's antipathy toward the British.
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"A well-researched and extensively documented overview of the causes and consequences of the War of 1812. Highly recommended as an inclusive political, military, and social treatment of a customarily neglected war." (American Library Association Booklist)
"Despite being forgotten and overlooked, the War of 1812 was a significant milestone in the development of the United States... there is no better place to start than with The War of 1812." (Civil War News)
"The definitive study." (Journal of American History)
Generally easy to follow and well performed except for some annoying mispronunciations. Arrogantly American at times especially the pronouncement that the Americans were the most profoundly affected by the War, so much so that they hardly remember it! Well researched though so no real complaints. Good to have another perspective.
The subject matter was very interesting and the author has accumulated a tremendous amount of previously unknown information. To this he adds great insight acquired through his studies. However, the dryness of the presentation detracted greatly from my enjoyment. This was partly due to the manuscript itself, but was exacerbated by the reader's presentation style. It was at times painful to listen to, but as I was interested in the subject, perseverance ultimately got me through it.
This audio book does a great job of taking records 'with a grain of salt' and trying to give an unbiased and accurate explanation of the war of 1812. The vocalist reading sometimes sounds like recording this is the last thing in the world he wants to do, he will have no emotion in his voice and give no inflection to words. Occasionally he will read with very little pause between words, sentences or paragraphs so he will be ending a chapter and reading the title of the next chapter, but it sounds like one big long sentence because he will read the words dead pan and without pause so it sounds like one giant sentence. It was still a great book, I certainly recommend it.
Yes, if they were interested in US history. The book is a very detailed account of a little researched war.
The burning of Washington DC.
His voice seem to fit the story.
Not an extreme reaction, but it did raise an interest in me to do more reading on this era in US history.
I enjoyed this book. Very good historical overview of the war - politically and militarily. I saw many parallels with more contemporary events. I did have some trouble keeping events in proper chronological order. FBG
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