The Navy's War

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Baker & Taylor
Tells the story of how America's war fleet, only twenty ships strong, was able to defeat the world's greatest imperial power through a combination of nautical deftness and sheer bravado to win the War of 1812.

Perseus Publishing
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 twenty 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, prizewinning 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.

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As America approaches the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, naval historian and award-winning author Daughan presents a new account of the conflict. Based on 15-plus years of archival research of the era, the text incorporates political, diplomatic, economic, and military history to examine ways that the War of 1812 changed the shape of the world. Daughan examines how the War of 1812--dubbed our "Second War of Independence"--led to the development of a strong military, renewed America's confidence as a unified nation, and forced Europe to recognize the country as a strong power. The text also highlights the key role played by the U.S. Navy in the winning the war, reasons why that role has not been sufficiently recognized before now, and lessons of the War of relevance today. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780465020461
Branch Call Number: 973.52 Daughan 2011
Characteristics: xxix, 491 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Aug 26, 2018

A very well written history from a war that took place 206 years ago but had it's origins in British umbrage over accepting American independence. The author weaves the history preceeding the war as well as giving depth of character to the leaders of the country and legends of American military. This book if anything, tells the story of a young country still trying to keep freedom of it's people and territories and a British empire that thrived on impressment of other countries sailors as a way to man it's gigantic fleet and the English leaders who really wanted to re-acquire New England as well as negate the Louisiana Purchase The author, George Daughan, has written many books including an excellent book on Captain David Porter and the U.S.S. Essex is an excellent read and is available through Mobius. Any one who enjoys military and political events will enjoy "1812 The Navy's War." The research behind this book brings many events across the spectrum of this era to light that were never covered in my college American history classes. I am very glad that the Tulsa Library has this book on it's shelves.


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