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Union 1812: The Americans Who Fought the Second War of Independence Paperback – November 13, 2007
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Authors should not respond to criticism that concerns matters of taste, but matters of fact deserve a reply:
First, my thanks to Mr. Heater for pointing out a mistake on page 106 of "Union 1812." Of course, Meriwether Lewis was Jefferson's secretary, not William Clark. It was one of those inexplicable slip-ups that sometime happen, especially when the paragraph is peripheral to a 482-page book. But any error is deplorable, and that one will be corrected in future editions.
Mr. Heater is on shakier ground with his complaint about my referring to Francis Scott Key as "Frank." Then, as now, it was a common nickname. For example, John Randolph, as their friendship progressed, started a letter on May 10, 1813, "Dear Frank, for so without ceremony permit me to call you."
It may console Mr. Heater that my choice could have been even more distressing to him. Victor Weybright, in his biography of Key, "Spangled Banner," reports that Revolutionary War comrades of Key's father, John Ross Key, had stopped at the Key family home after the war ended to see John's new baby. When the infant grew up to be a lawyer, he sometimes represented those veterans and always refused to take a fee.
As for the veterans, Weybright tells us, "They called him Frankie Key as long as he lived."
Langguth is a journalist by training, and he's a terrific writer. The book is very well written, with an easy, flowing style. At the same time, I did find the fact that the book jumps aroudn quite a bit to be a bit frustrating and disconcerting, as it emphasizes the gaps in the coverage of the book.Read more ›
The relevant points of the first 160 pages could have been summed up in 10 pages - our first three presidents, given the opportunity, avoided foreign wars. Instead, it read like a survey book that was going to cover 100 years in 400 pages. For those who are mildly conversant with American history, these pages were needless. The 38 page Afterword was interminable and went into the next few presidential elections - long after the War of 1812.
On the other hand, the accounts of the battles, on land and on sea, are terrific. After Mr. Lagguth got into the war, the book improved tremendously, although I thought it a bit thin on the dissent of the New England states. If these two hundred pages had comprised the entire book, it would have been absolutely wonderful and a five star beauty. in addition to the battle scenes, he describes the participants and their motivations well.
Mr. Lagguth is obviously a good writer and it really shows through in his battle accounts. He obviously knows his stuff.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is largely about about the Americans and events from the Revolutionary time period up to the fighting for the second war for American independence (War of 1812). Read morePublished 13 months ago by CJG
More than just a history book on the War of 1812. EXCELLENT.Published 17 months ago by Layne Chartrand
The War of 1812 holds no real place in our national psyche. It happened two centuries ago, and many if not most Americans today have no real understanding as to why the war was... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Eric Mayforth
Wonderful book. My son has an MA in history, and he recommended this book for me.Published 19 months ago by gooneybird
There are simply too many major factual errors to give the book any credibility. I am left to question the veracity of any statements that I do not already know as facts.Published 22 months ago by Matt Webber
Currently writing a book in which a real-life character takes part in the defense of Boston. Got this book primarily for research, but it's a good read, too!Published on March 9, 2014 by Mac Simpson
I've been fan of Mr. Langguth's since 'Patriots', and found this book to be similarly engaging. He has a gift for both colorful storytelling and writing vivid thumbnail... Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by S. Jacobson
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This was a very enjoyable read of the history of the War of 1812. It was more than what I expected as it ambitiously begins with the ending of the Revolutionary War and lays out... Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by Texas Patriot