From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-- An interesting , well-researched presentation that offers exciting personalities and battles in a readable, colorful text. Fitting somewhere between Richard Morris's simpler The War of 1812 (Lerner) and Albert Marrin's detailed 1812: The War Nobody Won (Atheneum, both 1985), this title is informative enough for reports and exciting enough for military buffs. Bosco describes the background and causes of the war, its major battles, and mentions briefly its consequences. If occasionally he perpetuates some of the legends, this is balanced by thorough research elsewhere. The format is clean and attractive, with occasional black-and-white period reproductions and maps, and a chronology to help readers keep it all straight. --Sally Bates Goodroe, Houston Public Library
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From Kirkus Reviews
Opening with the stirring battle between the British frigate Macedonian and the United States, Bosco goes back to explain the causes of the war and to give a chronological account of the high points, recounting battles along the Canadian border, the great sea battles, fighting in the (then) Northwest, British retaliation in the East, etc. Along with the great victories were ignominious defeats; one is struck with wonder that we won. Treatment is even-handed: savagery was common among the British, Indians, and Americans. An epilogue explains settlements achieved with the Barbary Coast countries and briefly delineates the powerful effects of the war on US development. A particularly pleasing book, with stark white pages, large print, wide margins, and good maps and b&w photos; more important, it's written clearly and without condescension, proving that history can be exciting. Notes; important dates; glossary; further reading; bibliography; and a poor-quality index. (Nonfiction. 12+) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.