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1812: The Navy's War Audiobook

1812: The Navy's War

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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Ruth Robinson 09-17-12 Member Since 2011

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you have the slightest interest in US History or Naval History you will enjoy this book


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne H. 08-18-12
    Wayne H. 08-18-12
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    "Poorly researched"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about George C. Daughan’s story?

    see above


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment. clearly the author is intent in rewriting history. also, i am interested in that period, the navy, and the lessions learned.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    HK Penman 04-24-17
    HK Penman 04-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Awful"

    I was excited to hear about the Navy's exploits during the War of 1812, however this is noting more than an endless stream of notes read without any sense of a story running thru it- Disappointing Book

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    Ron 04-20-17
    Ron 04-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    "learned a lot"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, anyone who is interested in history will enjoy this,


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Erl Gould Purnell Simsbury, CT USA 03-21-17
    Erl Gould Purnell Simsbury, CT USA 03-21-17
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    "War of 1812 - An Important Turing Point"

    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.

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    Chad J Cargill 02-10-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic"

    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.

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    IVFarmboy CA United States 10-25-16
    IVFarmboy CA United States 10-25-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Fascinating subject that kept me wanting more"

    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.

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    Robert Houston, TX, United States 06-10-16
    Robert Houston, TX, United States 06-10-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Not quite as promised"

    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".

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    Autodoc 04-04-16
    Autodoc 04-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Exciting Naval Battles"

    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.

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    Kathryn D. King 04-15-15
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    "Very Detailed"

    This is a fairly detailed description of battles. Nice to know the story of our Navy, but I found it hard to tell who was British and who was American in some parts.

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