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5.0 out of 5 stars A History More Fascinating than Fiction, December 12, 2012
This review is from: Ships of Oak, Guns of Iron: The War of 1812 and the Forging of the American Navy (Hardcover)
Dr Utt is a great student of history, and this book involved many years of meticulous research.

Make no mistake: This isn't your dry, textbook tome. This book brings to life an era that defined a lot of who we are today. Not only was the modern US Navy birthed at this time, but even more significantly, the United States was birthed as a world power.

The truth is often more fascinating than fiction, and this certainly applies to the events that led up to and occurred during the War of 1812. The characters are memorable. This was a world in which communication was neither instantaneous nor shallow, a world characterized by a flow of information that may have taken longer to arrive but was processed more deeply when it did.

It is, ultimately, the story of an upstart country, drawn into a conflict in which it didn't want to be, which made the rules as it went along and emerged, ultimately, as a major player on the world stage.

The War of 1812, largely forgotten in recent years, deserves another look. And this book deserves to be read.
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