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.
©2011 George C. Daughan (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"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)
Yes - great refresher on US history and international poitics.
Napolean - Catalyst for beginning and end of war.
This is the Rest of the Story for the Battle of New Orleans.
Needs to review pronounciations. Mackinac Island is prounounced "Mackinaw."
Good history of a little studied War.
This is a fabulously written book with both macro and micro details that present a great overall account of the war of 1812. However the minutia is also problematic for the audio account as I found it difficult to follow. Too many different people, too similar of names creates confusion and cause the listener to forget who is attacking who on the high seas. There is the USS President but also the US President and while the author probably presents a good WRITTEN account, a couple of sentences got me wondering was he talking about the ship or Madison/Jefferson/Adams/Washington (all are in the historical context of the book).
Additionally, referencing a map would be very useful. While I consider myself as having above average knowledge of geography, the author makes me feel like an idiot when citing locations of harbors, bays, rivers, etc. (Full disclosure, that might have more to do with me being from Utah and our utter lack of any seaworthy body of water (no the GSL is not a seaworthy body of water)).
My recommendation, and what I'm going to do; buy the physical written book with the aforementioned maps and battle diagrams (I'm assuming and hoping those are in the book). Additionally, with all the different ships and personalities, the ability to quickly re-read a passage or scan for other facts will be a nice benefit.
Please don't dismiss my review of this book as ignorant fool who isn't studious enough to listen to a work of quality non-fiction. I've listened to several history books e.g., Intelligence in War (Keegan), Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World (Weatherford), I, Claudius (Graves) (I know this is more historical fiction), Abraham (Feiler). All of these were easy audio listens while being full of complicated details without confusing the listener.
If you have the slightest interest in US History or Naval History you will enjoy this book
The gritty detail of all the naval actions.
I came into the book only knowing of the war peripherally. By the end, I was glad with the decision to listen to this book -- it gives a very good sense of the time period, which was an extremely important one for the fledgling republic.
Would not recommend for listening. Great for reading for history buff.
Not for one sitting.
Great historical account. Wonderfully researched.. Learned great things about the war I had never known before. Was not very exciting. Does not lend itself to narration.
Provided an interesting portion of the war of 1812. I didn't know much about this war much less the naval aspects of it. Very informative.
The reader. Marc Vietor is an excellent reader, with a good combination of voice talents to keep what I'm sure was a slog of a read interesting for more than 10 hours.
Only if you're history-minded. The book is absolutely dense with unnecessary detail about individual ships and their crews. I really didn't need to know the number of crewmen on a ship that only appeared as part of a list of ships sunk in a battle.
They sved America!
It saved what was rhen the North West..
Pay atention to it.
I would definitely, but it is a complicated book with many names and dates with some intense nautical terms, so I would be careful who I recommended it to. It, I think, would be enjoyable to the regular history lover, but would be loved by someone who loves naval history like I do.
His tone and ability to do accurate (well, to me at least) accents for each person in the book was enjoyable and added to the listening experience.
I found myself very excited when it described the harrowing naval battles and the heroism, and loss they contained.
I'm actually thinking about listening to this one again. That's how much I enjoyed it.
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