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Published when Theodore Roosevelt was only 23 years old, The Naval War of 1812 was immediately hailed as a literary and scholarly triumph, and it is still considered the definitive book on the subject. It caused considerable controversy for its bold refutation of earlier accounts of the war, but its brilliant analysis and balanced tone left critics floundering, changed the course of U.S. military history by renewing interest in our obsolete forces, and set the young author and political hopeful on a path to greatness.

Roosevelt's inimitable style and robust narrative make The Naval War of 1812 enthralling, illuminating, and utterly essential to every armchair historian.

Public Domain (P)2012 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A classic of naval history." (Edmund Morris)

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The story was very detailed and well written. It was a little hard to follow when reading tables. I did not know much about the War of 1812 but this book peaked my interest especially in the naval captains and Andrew Jackson