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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (P)2013 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"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)

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The War of 1812 fascinating listening

If you could sum up The War of 1812 in three words, what would they be?

It ended before the last battle<br/>If England was not fighting Napoleon, we might all be speaking English now

Who was your favorite character and why?

Winfield Scott<br/>Captured, shot

Which scene was your favorite?

When the troop went over the niagra in barrels

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Cried because I couldnt sleep

Any additional comments?

It's really an excellent book

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Definitely an American Perspective

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.

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it was like reading a dry history book

if i had been reading this i would not have finished it. listening was hard enough.

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The War of 1812

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.

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Lots of information

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.

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Interesting

The book was not in a narrative form. But it was well researched., but choppy at times. The chapter on the Baltimore Riots, was new to me, and well done. As for the narration, Mr. Pratt at times read a little to fast, but overall it was good

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Perfunctory and lifeless

I️ was looking forward to listening to this audiobook about the War of 1812, having just devoured biographies on Washington (by Chernow), Jefferson (by Meacham), and the founding fathers (Ellis). But this proved to be a lackluster history, opting for a recitation of facts with little authorial analysis.

Moreover, the narrator doesn’t bring much drama or understanding, and the passages so are read so tightly together that scarcely does one chapter or passage end then another begins with hardly a breath in between.

Finally, the author focuses on economics and acts of Congress, with none of the color, context, or drama that animates the best popular histories. Yet it clearly is meant as a popular (as opposed to scholarly) text, for a general reader or student.

I️ did learn quite a few historical facts, but found the text bogged down by this recitation. Guess we’ll have to wait for Chernow to do a book on Madison (and then one on Monroe, then John Quincy Adams, then Jackson... please save us, Ron Chernow...).

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More economics and politics than battles

Although the War of 1812 was technically a draw, it was a transition from infant nation to a child that was getting ready for adolescence.
I would have enjoyed a bit more about the personalities; leaders in the ships in the field of battle.
A bit more about the supporting cast of the Indians and Canadians would have been interesting.

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A very thorough history of the War of 1812

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

Yes, if they were interested in US history. The book is a very detailed account of a little researched war.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The War of 1812?

The burning of Washington DC.

What about Douglas R. Pratt’s performance did you like?

His voice seem to fit the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not an extreme reaction, but it did raise an interest in me to do more reading on this era in US history.

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Good book.

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