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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426209339
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426209338
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,087,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Captivating ... an engaging series of narratives." - Publishers Weekly

"Highly recommended for general readers ... enlivened by a whole range of primary source recollections of the war by marines and sailors, their wives and families, and civilians ... Text and images support each other impressively." - Library Journal

"Readers will feast on the pictures, and perhaps enjoy a stirring vignette of a battle." --Naval History

"Lavishly illustrated on every page with artifacts, documents, and contemporary images of people and events, it will appeal to a wide variety of interested general readers." --Book News, Inc.

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This stirring saga of conflict, power, and the courage and character of both people and nations comes to life in The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy with gripping firsthand accounts drawn from letters, dispatches, reports, diaries, journals, and memoirs penned by the colorful cast of sea captains, ship's surgeons, spies, privateers, powder boys, naval wives, and everyday sailors who made the conflict so memorable. Their experiences shed light on the strife of warfare as well as on life in America not so long after our own Revolution.

Customer Reviews

Worth the money just for the images it contains.
Lola DeGroff
This is a book that someone who enjoys history will pick up and read over and over.
Sandy
The quality of the binding and glossy pages is excellent.
Dave Calabrese

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This large and heavy coffee table book presents the rise of the United States Navy. There is as much text explaining events as there are illustrations. The illustrations are mostly in colour and well explained. The pages are heavy glossy paper. The horizontal nature of the book lends itself well to the many naval paintings and pictures used to clarify the chronicle of the beginnings of the US Navy.

The book is divided into 5 basic chapters recounting, for the most part the chronological tale from the background and incidents that led to the War of 1812 to an epilogue that does a good job in explaining the legacy of this war. A reader is shown excerpts of naval officers' journals and logs both in the text and in illustrations. There are details of frigates, the prize system and the actions of the men that fought in these battles.

This history describes the sea going conflict as well as the battles on the Great Lakes and the attack on Washington DC and Baltimore. Although the epilogue skips over the saving of the `Constitution' in its recounting of ships demolished and broken up, it still gives a fine summary of the significance of this war in the rise of the navy. To the author's credit much emphasis is not just on the ships, but on the men who sailed and fought on them. This is a very good interpretation of both the War of 1812 and the United States Navy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Trinque VINE VOICE on September 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy" by Mark Collins Jenkins and David Taylor does not pretend to be a thorough history of the War of 1812. Although the book provides an adequate political and diplomatic context for the war and at least an outline of the dismal land war, the volume firmly concentrates upon the small American Navy and its struggle with Britain's huge Royal Navy. If the reader is looking for lengthy battle narratives with detailed tactical analyses and precise diagrams of each maneuver and counter-maneuver, then this volume is not the place to start (indeed, it is likely that the bookshelves of any Age of Fighting Sail enthusiast already holds books that adequately address that), but what "The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy" does in the handsomest fashion is provide an extraordinarily vivid history of the American naval commanders, the men upon whose shoulders rested the responsibility for victory and defeat at sea. These men are brought to life through the lavish use of excellent illustrations -- portraits, of course, of the varous officers, but also reproductions of letters with their elegant calligraphy and photographs of swords and personal gear, plus numerous contemporary illustrations of the naval battles, all accompanied with an excellent text. This is a volume that will be taken down time and again from my bookshelf for hours of pleasurable browsing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sandy on May 29, 2012
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This book exceeded expectations. The quality of the content and pictures make it a suitable coffee table book. It is so much more. This is a book that someone who enjoys history will pick up and read over and over. This was actually my second purchase of this book. I enjoyed mine so much that I am now giving it to a friend.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By 4moreshelflife on August 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What an incredible look at The War of 1812 through the U.S. Navy. Paintings, drawings and artifacts are worth the review alone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave Calabrese on August 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I found this informative and entertaining, I loved the numerous illustrations of artifacts and documents specifically linked to each topic of discussion. I think the reason I enjoyed it so much was I had recently read Ian Toll's "Six Frigates" and would recommend it as a prerequisite. If you enjoy this time period of US history, you won't be disappointed. The quality of the binding and glossy pages is excellent.
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By shadeseeker on January 1, 2015
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Exactly the right book to see the clear picture of the U.s. Navy's importance then and now. Excellent!
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By Sixstring on October 21, 2014
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Great great great! Well worth it.
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