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Book Title: 1812: War with America|
The author of the book: Jon Latimer
Edition: Belknap Press
Date of issue: September 1st 2007
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 3.2
ISBN 13: 9780674025844
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If what you know about the War of 1812 amounts to a bunch of pretty embarrassing American losses in Canada (and pretty much elsewhere), a few wins at sea, and oh, yes, the burning of Washington, D.C....well, you have it in one.
No, I don't count the "Battle of New Orleans" as a win (the song or the battle).
But there's so much more to the story, so much nuance. 1812: War with America lays it all out. Take the New England Federalists who traded with the British throughout the war (and the wartime American crops that went to feed Wellington's troops). They were paid in specie, a rare commodity at the time, and those New England riches went on to fund the American Industrial Revolution.
It may not be obvious from the title, but this is a rare history of the War of 1812 (the American War, to the British at the time), written from a British point of view. It's the most thorough history of the war I've ever read, and I've read a few.
The book is really only 408 pages (not 656). The rest are notes, AMAZING notes, and bibliography. The notes alone make this book worth the investment. I spent as much time perusing them and discovering sources that I want to read as I did reading the actual text.
There are places where I bristled. I think I'm open-minded and skeptical, but some national heroes/myths die hard. Every time I felt I was getting little annoyed or wondering about British bias (a complaint I'd seen in Amazon reviews), I stopped and realized that my bias was what was causing the cognitive dissonance. It was painful to realize how far astray I'd been led.
(However, I'm still pissed off about the sack of Washington. The Library of Congress! Bastards!)
Definitely a must-read if you love American history, especially during these bicentennial years. Truly masterful. (It's also the only history that I've read and thought, "Damn, I wish I'd written this.")
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