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The Naval War of 1812 (Modern Library War) Paperback – May 4, 1999
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"An excellent book in every respect, and shows in so young an author the best promises for a good historian."
--The New York Times
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The books in the Modern Library War series have been chosen by series editor Caleb Carr according to the significance of their subject matter, their contribution to the field of military history, and their literary merit.
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TR (1) tells the story of the war, (2) often correcting a British chauvinist history and giving the details James Fenimore Cooper's story left out, those being the two main histories before TR wrote, (3) going to the original sources--ships' logs, captains' reports, etc., and (4) showing us how he concludes what he concludes. Excellent and enjoyable work--TR has quite a bit of fun correcting the British guy.
(I saw the line "Best history book I've ever read" in an article in the libertarian Reason magazine a couple decades ago, saying this of "Washing of the Spears: the Rise and Fall of the Zulu Nation." Which is indeed a 5-star book, but I think TR's 1812 a slightly better one.)
7 December A.D. 2010
In my opinion this edition should never have come to print. It is no longer a useful reference to the serious student nor is it much good for the casual interested reader.
Well researched, lots of information about the crews, weapons and ships.
I wish he had left out the land portion (seems unnecessary).
Interesting to see how much he was trying to make a point about the condition of the US Navy in 1882.
Some definite issues in formatting with the free Kindle version. The absence of the illustrations is noticeable.
Also, if you are Italian or Indian, T.R. didn't think highly of you as a sailor - so be warned on that one.
TR set out on a scholarly quest to set the record straight. He vigorously argues that the Americans ships were well handled by their officers and the American gunnery crews were able to hit their targets because of discipline and practice.
This book is indeed a landmark in naval literature. It firmly established Teddy Roosevelt as an author and a historical scholar. Because his approach to this book was scholastic, many sections read like a graduate level thesis. If you are looking for a book that will keep you spellbound with tales of high sea adventure, you will only find it in measured doses. Mr. Roosevelt does know how to tell a story, but it is the overall story of the young US Navy.
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