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1812: The War That Forged a Nation (2004)

af Walter R. Borneman

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In June 1812 the still-infant United States had the audacity to declare war on the British Empire. Fought between creaking sailing ships and armies often led by bumbling generals, the ensuing conflict featured a tit-for-tat "You burned our capital, so we'll burn yours" and a legendary battle unknowingly fought after the signing of a peace treaty. During the course of the war, the young American navy proved its mettle as the USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides," sent two first-rate British frigates to the bottom, and a twenty-seven-year-old lieutenant named Oliver Hazard Perry hoisted a flag exhorting, "Don't Give Up the Ship," and chased the British from Lake Erie. By 1814, however, the United States was no longer fighting for free trade, sailors' rights, and as much of Canada as it could grab, but for its very existence as a nation. With Washington in flames, only a valiant defense at Fort McHenry saved Baltimore from a similar fate. Here are the stories of commanding generals such as America's Henry "Granny" Dearborn, double-dealing James Wilkinson, and feisty Andrew Jackson, as well as Great Britain's gallant Sir Isaac Brock, overly cautious Sir George Prevost, and Rear Admiral George Cockburn, the man who put the torch to Washington. Here too are those inadvertently caught up in the war, from heroine farm wife Laura Secord, whom some call Canada's Paul Revere, to country doctor William Beanes, whose capture set the stage for Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." 1812: The War That Forged a Nation presents a sweeping narrative that emphasizes the struggle's importance to America's coming-of-age as a nation. Though frequently overlooked between the American Revolution and the Civil War, the War of 1812 did indeed span half a continent -- from Mackinac Island to New Orleans, and Lake Champlain to Horseshoe Bend -- and it paved the way for the conquest of the other half. During the War of 1812, the United States cast aside its cloak of colonial adolescence and -- with both humiliating and glorious moments -- found the fire that was to forge a nation.… (mere)
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    wildbill: excerpted from History of the United States during the Administrations of James Madison by Henry Adams
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A highly readable history about a war of which I knew little. I read this book as a means to relax while listening to music and also to know more about this rather obscure conflict and it certainly fulfilled this role ( )
  Andorion | Feb 6, 2021 |
Fascinating history of the war the U.S. waged against Canada and it British overlords. ( )
  NatalieSW | Nov 23, 2016 |
The War of 1812 was yet another war that requires head scratching as to why it even started. They had to name it after a calendar year because there wasn't much else they could do. For the Yanks, it really was a great war, and here's why:

1. Commodore Hazard Perry was able to write the immortal, "We have met the enemy and they are ours...". Take that, evil Pommie empire.

2. 'Old Ironsides'. The baddest-ass nickname ever given to a ship.

3. The redcoats burned the White House. Americans have had a chip on their shoulder ever since.

4. President Madison was, apart from Lincoln, the only President to actually be on a battlefield as the nation's commander-in-chief. Of all the Presidents, tiny little Madison was the least likely to ever do that.

5. The Star-Spangled Banner. Rockets' red glare.

6. The Battle of New Orleans. The war was already over, but someone forgot to tell the Brits, who lost their general. Jackson would turn the victory into a future presidency.

Walter Borneman makes life easy for the reader by breaking the War of 1812 into focused and succinct chapters, which makes the entire book rather gripping. Although the outcome of the war was really a stalemate, the book is decidedly victorious in its revelation of how a clumsy and fledgling republic was forged into a nation.

Book Season = Autumn (east coast war = leaves change colours) ( )
  Gold_Gato | Sep 16, 2013 |
Good summary and overview, relying mostly on secondary sources and others' theories. Nothing groundbreaking or innovative, but competent. ( )
  joel | Nov 5, 2011 |
This is an excellent book outlining the War of 1812. This describes the surrounding causes of the war, the actions taken during the war, and the subsequent peace. As with other books written by Borneman, this book explains much more than the simple acts of the war. This book talks baout more than what happened. It also includes why it happened. I would highly recommend this book as an introduction to the War of 1812. ( )
  torrey23 | Jan 11, 2011 |
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In June 1812 the still-infant United States had the audacity to declare war on the British Empire. Fought between creaking sailing ships and armies often led by bumbling generals, the ensuing conflict featured a tit-for-tat "You burned our capital, so we'll burn yours" and a legendary battle unknowingly fought after the signing of a peace treaty. During the course of the war, the young American navy proved its mettle as the USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides," sent two first-rate British frigates to the bottom, and a twenty-seven-year-old lieutenant named Oliver Hazard Perry hoisted a flag exhorting, "Don't Give Up the Ship," and chased the British from Lake Erie. By 1814, however, the United States was no longer fighting for free trade, sailors' rights, and as much of Canada as it could grab, but for its very existence as a nation. With Washington in flames, only a valiant defense at Fort McHenry saved Baltimore from a similar fate. Here are the stories of commanding generals such as America's Henry "Granny" Dearborn, double-dealing James Wilkinson, and feisty Andrew Jackson, as well as Great Britain's gallant Sir Isaac Brock, overly cautious Sir George Prevost, and Rear Admiral George Cockburn, the man who put the torch to Washington. Here too are those inadvertently caught up in the war, from heroine farm wife Laura Secord, whom some call Canada's Paul Revere, to country doctor William Beanes, whose capture set the stage for Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." 1812: The War That Forged a Nation presents a sweeping narrative that emphasizes the struggle's importance to America's coming-of-age as a nation. Though frequently overlooked between the American Revolution and the Civil War, the War of 1812 did indeed span half a continent -- from Mackinac Island to New Orleans, and Lake Champlain to Horseshoe Bend -- and it paved the way for the conquest of the other half. During the War of 1812, the United States cast aside its cloak of colonial adolescence and -- with both humiliating and glorious moments -- found the fire that was to forge a nation.

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