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The Rockets' Red Glare: An Illustrated History of the War of 1812 (Johns Hopkins Books on the War of 1812) Hardcover – August 30, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1421401553 ISBN-10: 142140155X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Johns Hopkins Books on the War of 1812
  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142140155X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421401553
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The War of 1812 has always been the Rodney Dangerfield of America's wars, doomed to get no historical respect... The Rockets' Red Glare... offers a perfect way to redress the balance. Sized for the coffee table and full of color reproductions of paintings and maps and broadsides, it also offers an accessible narrative of what may well have been America's least necessary war.

(Adam Kirsch Barnes & Noble Review)

The Rockets' Red Glare is an excellent history... highly recommended.

(Midwest Book Review)

This is the one book that you'll definitely want to have and read!

(Blaine Taylor Sea Classics)

Well narrated and researched, this coffee table-sized book will be a welcome addition to the celebration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

(David Lee Poremba The Past in Review)

Thereafter, Americans reveled in a new sense of nationalism, embraced bold confidence, and demonstrated a patriotic ability to construct a nation in their image. This outstanding book captures the stunning images of the war and that transformation. Highly recommended.

(Choice)

This is an impressive and thoughtful work. Its imagery makes it an important addition to any collection focusing on the War of 1812; with its text and image combined, it is an excellent starting place for introducing Americans to the conflict.

(Naval History)

The authors give us numerous and absorbing gems such as this that make The Rockets' Red Glare.

(Richard V. Barbuto Journal of America's Military Past)

Well written and the time-line chronology found at the end of the book offers a good summary of the war's events.

(Louis Arthur Norton Northern Marinerr/Le marin du nord)

This is an excellent book filled with thrilling stories and stunning illustrations of The Rockets' Red Glare sure to capture the imagination of anyone interested in the fascinating history of the War of 1812

(Lone Star Book Review)

This work is an excellent, well-rounded book suitable for a wide audience.

(Justin Dornbusch H-War, H-Net Reviews)

The author give a fair and balanced overview that is considerably enhanced by a large and high quality selection of illustrations... First rate.

(Ausmarine)

About the Author

Donald R. Hickey is a professor of history at Wayne State College. He has written widely on the War of 1812, including the books The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict, The War of 1812: A Short History, Don’t Give Up the Ship! Myths of the War of 1812, and, as coauthor, The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake: A Reference Guide to Historic Sites in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, the last also published by Johns Hopkins. Connie D. Clark is a consultant with Educational Service Unit #2, where she provides guidance and assistance for federally funded Teaching American History Grants. She is coauthor, with Professor Hickey, of Citizen Hamilton: The Wit and Wisdom of an American Founder.


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Don Hickey is a professor of history at Wayne State College in Nebraska. Called "the dean of 1812 scholarship" by the New Yorker, Don is an award-winning author who has written seven books and nearly a hundred articles on the War of 1812. He is best known for The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict (Bicentennial edition, 2012) and Don't Give Up the Ship! Myths of the War of 1812 (2006). Don also serves as series editor for John Hopkins Books on the War of 1812, has done extensive consulting work and delivered numerous public lectures, and manages an e-mail list for those interested in the war. For promoting public understanding of the War of 1812, Don received the Samuel Eliot Morison Award from the USS Constitution Museum in 2013.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
`The Rockets' Red Glare gives a well done historical portrait of the War of 1812. Its' history cannot be faulted and what this book contains is a fine rendering of the causes of the war, the war itself and its' legacies.
On the fly leaf, it claims that the book will show what it was like to live through the war, but there is little of that personalization. What is missing from it, that could have moved it forward into a stronger volume are the anecdotes and interesting personal stories of history that make even confirmed non-history lovers sit up and take notice.

The military and political aspects of the war are well covered. There are many illustrations, mostly period engravings and paintings of the people involved. There are numerous remarkable maps, including how long it took for news to spread of the war, where battles occurred, charts and flyers are presented. The maritime practices that inflamed American opinion are well detailed. The battles with Canada and the Native Americans are covered as well as the naval battles. The meetings to attempt a lasting peace and the legacies of the war are given.

As the book stands it is a fine historical work (told from an American viewpoint- it could have benefited from a more worldly perspective) that lovers of history and those who wish to learn more of the War of 1812 would benefit from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By david l. poremba VINE VOICE on February 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Profusely illustrated with portraits, maps, contemporary drawings, newspaper woodcuts and a center section in full color, The Rocket's Red Glare gives us a chronological account of the "late war with Britain", beginning in 1793 and ending with the Battle of New Orleans in early 1815. a final chapter on the legacies of the war places events in their proper context on a global level. It also discusses the common legacies that have come down to us such as the nickname of the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides), and the origins of The Star-Spangled Banner and its evolution into the country's national anthem.
Each chapter is subdivided into themes and events occurring within the time frame of the chapter, making for easy reference on any given subject concerning the conflict.
Well narrated and researched, this coffee table-sized book will be a welcome addition to the celebration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Fleming on June 7, 2012
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I had been seeking a profusely illustrated work on the War of 1812, and was fortunate to discover this recently-published volume. The early 19th century was a great era both for striking military attire, and bizarre political cartoons, and this books offers lots of 'em, plus a solid text by a pair of respected historians. War of 1812 fans should also check out the Osprey book "Niagara 1814" which also has some cool color illustrations in addition to the usual recreations of uniforms, and battles
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America had some great uniforms:the leather shakos (called "tombstones") were fairly unique in infantry headgear. The US military clothing wasn't quite as varied, and colorful as that of the French, nor was the generalship, administrative organization, and strategic planning, and execution up to the standards of Napoleon's army, although Brown's army on the Niagara in the summer of 1814 was pretty damn good.

I don't necessarily rejoice in US military triumphs, but when one reads of one debacle after another, from Detroit, to Queenston Heights, to Chicago's very own Fort Dearborn, and the Raisin River, one can only experience a sense of pride when America finally, sort-of got it together. I hate of say it, but given the doubtful validity of the war, I'm slightly pleased by the minor successes the US enjoyed. The British were amazed by America's resilience after the D.C. got torched, and so what if the Battle of New Orleans was a victory largely because of British errors, and was fought after the Treaty of Ghent had ended the conflict.

A useful work, and nice pictures about the strangest of wars.Niagara 1814: The final invasion (Campaign)
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