Digital List Price: $26.99
Kindle Price: $23.43

Save $16.52 (41%)

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Flip to back Flip to front
Audible Narration Playing... Paused   You are listening to a sample of the Audible narration for this Kindle book.
Learn more

Get the Free Kindle App

Enter email or phone number to get a link

Processing your request...

Utmost Gallantry: The U.S. and Royal Navies at Sea in the War of 1812 Kindle Edition

5 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
$23.43

Length: 384 pages Word Wise: Enabled

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
At once a majestic journey across the West, a significant work of history, and a moving personal saga, The Oregon Trail draws readers into the journey of a lifetime. Learn more

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Kevin D. McCranie is a professor of strategy and policy at the Naval War College in Newport, RI, who holds a Ph.D. in history from Florida State University. A specialist in the naval history of the Age of Sail, he is also the author of the award-winning Admiral Lord Keith and the Naval War against Napoleon

Product Details

  • File Size: 3292 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006NV9722
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pleiades on September 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I thought this is an interesting book with lots of good detail on actions and activities during the War of 1812 that are rarely discussed. My only fault is that it some ways it seems a bit thin, though that may be unavoidable given the subject matter. I would have preferred more context and analysis regarding the overall situation in which the naval actions of the war took place. I felt that the author was often trying to include every single available detail about an episode without trying to explain why the detail was relevant or important, what it said about the larger picture, how it fit with what was or wasn't happening, and what I, as the reader, should learn from it. Upon reaching the end, I felt something of sense of anticlimax: "Yeah, that's what happened; very interesting -- so what?" I do not mean "so what" in a dismissive sense, but in an analytic sense.

I acknowledge that available sources may not allow filling in the "so what" to a much greater degree and that the author was not trying to deal with the war as a whole, but I think he could have done a better job of summing up.

If you are sensitive to style, the writing is a rather dry and when the author tries to add "color" it tends to be the same color. There's only so many times one can describe the weather is "boisterous" before the urge to indulge in eye-rolling become overwhelming.

That said, if you are interested in naval actions of the era, this book is worth your time.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover
A summary of the review on StrategyPage.Com:

'A new look at the naval side of the War of 1812, from a professor at the US Naval War college. McCranie, who has also written Admiral Lord Keith and the Naval War against Napoleon (New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology) and Captain "Hell Roaring" Mike Healy: From American Slave to Arctic Hero (New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology), managed to throw a great deal of new light on the subject. So while he still gives us many examples of the "Utmost Gallantry" in his title, with frigate duels, lake battles, and sea chases, he is focused on the war on the high seas, and takes a more modern look at the strategy and policy of both sides, which he fits the struggle snugly within the framework of the Napoleonic Wars, usually overlooked by Americans writing about the events of 1812-1814: it was the need to keeping Napoleon pent up in Europe tied down most of the Royal Navy that helped the young U.S. Navy win its spurs. McCanie's focus on this aspect of war may trouble some readers, wishing to hear about the great lake battles, but and Lakes Erie and Champlain, but Utmost Gallantry is an essential read for anyone with an interest in the War of 1812, the age of fighting sail, or the navy in general.'

For the full review, see StrategyPage.Com
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Gary92 on January 12, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Kevin McCranie has written one of the best accounts of the naval war on the oceans during the War of 1812. He does not write privateers, but strictly about the U.S. navy. He also does not cover the naval battles on the Great Lakes or Lake Champlain. A strength of this book is that McCranie writes about all the naval engagements both small and large on the oceans. He does not devote an excessive amount of space on the bigger, more well known, engagements, such as Chesapeake vs Shannon and Constitution vs Guerrière.

McCranie has written a balanced history that avoids the nationalistic bias that mars some histories of this war. Sometimes the book is a little dry in its writing style, but I would much rather have that than the historian who writes to appeal to national prejudices.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Not the satisfying read that I was hoping for. I love the topic and it was thoroughly covered but it felt more like reading the ship's logs than a high seas adventure. Think 'history book' and not 'Master and Commander'. That said, it is a very useful history and provided insights as to the reasons why the naval actions occurred. The actions of privateers and the Great Lakes squadrons are not covered. This is deliberate on the author's part as they do not fit within the scope of his project.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lance C. Williams on January 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you only read one book about the naval actions of the War of 1812 this must be the one. It details the actions of every USN ship in the war. The prose is moving, and the maps are great.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in