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1812: The War That Forged a Nation (P.S.)

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< p> Although frequently overlooked between the American Revolution and the Civil War, the War of 1812 tested a rising generation of American leaders; unified the United States with a renewed sense of national purpose; and set the stage for westward expansion from Mackinac Island to the Gulf of Mexico. USS Constitution, Old Ironsides, proved the mettle of the fledgling American navy; Oliver Hazard Perry hoisted a flag boasting, Don't Give Up the Ship; and Andrew Jackson's ragged force stood behind it's cotton bales at New Orleans and bested the pride of British regulars. Here are the stories of commanding generals such as America's double-dealing James Wilkinson, Great Britain's gallant Sir Isaac Brock, Canada's heroine farm wife Laura Secord, and country doctor William Beanes, whose capture set the stage for Francis Scott Key to write The Star-Spangled Banner. During the War of 1812, the United States cast off its cloak of colonial adolescence and — with both humiliating and glorious moments — found the fire that was to forge a nation.< /p> < p> This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

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Rich in vignettes of personalities from commanding generals to a farm wife, "1812" presents a sweeping narrative that emphasizes the struggle's importance to America's development as a nation and its subsequent westward expansion.

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Although frequently overlooked between the American Revolution and the Civil War, the War of 1812 tested a rising generation of American leaders; unified the United States with a renewed sense of national purpose; and set the stage for westward expansion from Mackinac Island to the Gulf of Mexico. USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides," proved the mettle of the fledgling American navy; Oliver Hazard Perry hoisted a flag boasting, "Don't Give Up the Ship"; and Andrew Jackson's ragged force stood behind it's cotton bales at New Orleans and bested the pride of British regulars. Here are the stories of commanding generals such as America's double-dealing James Wilkinson, Great Britain's gallant Sir Isaac Brock, Canada's heroine farm wife Laura Secord, and country doctor William Beanes, whose capture set the stage for Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." During the War of 1812, the United States cast off its cloak of colonial adolescence and — with both humiliating and glorious moments — found the fire that was to forge a nation.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

About the Author

Walter R. Borneman is the author of six books and numerous articles about American history, most recently, Alaska: Saga of a Bold Land and 1812: The War that Forged a Nation.In his home state of Colroado, he is best-known as the co-author of A Climbing Guide to Colorado’s Fourteeners,first published in 1978 and in-print for twenty-five years. Borneman has a master’s degree in American history from Western State College and a law degree from the University of Denver. He is the president of the Walter V. and Idun Y. Berry Foundation, which funds post-doctoral fellowships in children’s health at Stanford University.

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Gold Gato, December 16, 2012 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
The War of 1812 was yet another war that requires head scratching as to why it even started. They had to name it after a calendar year because there wasn't much else they could do. For the Yanks, it really was a great war, and here's why:

1. Commodore Hazard Perry was able to write the immortal, "We have met the enemy and they are ours...". Take that, evil Pommie empire.

2. 'Old Ironsides'. The baddest-ass nickname ever given to a ship.

3. The redcoats burned the White House. Americans have had a chip on their shoulder ever since.

4. President Madison was, apart from Lincoln, the only President to actually be on a battlefield as the nation's commander-in-chief. Of all the Presidents, tiny little Madison was the least likely to ever do that.

5. The Star-Spangled Banner. Rockets' red glare.

5. The Battle of New Orleans. The war was already over, but someone forgot to tell the Brits, who lost their general. Jackson would turn the victory into a future presidency.

Walter Borneman makes life easy for the reader by breaking the War of 1812 into focused and succinct chapters, which makes the entire book rather gripping. Although the outcome of the war was really a stalemate, the book is decidedly victorious in its revelation of how a clumsy and fledgling republic was forged into a nation.

Book Season = Autumn (east coast war = leaves change colours)
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ISBN:
9780060531133
Subtitle:
The War That Forged a Nation
Author:
Borneman, Walter R
Author:
Borneman, Walter R.
Author:
by Walter R. Borneman
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
United States History War of 1812.
Subject:
Military-US Military General
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Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20051004
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
8.02x5.36x.97 in. .76 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Rich in vignettes of personalities from commanding generals to a farm wife, "1812" presents a sweeping narrative that emphasizes the struggle's importance to America's development as a nation and its subsequent westward expansion.

"Synopsis" by , Although frequently overlooked between the American Revolution and the Civil War, the War of 1812 tested a rising generation of American leaders; unified the United States with a renewed sense of national purpose; and set the stage for westward expansion from Mackinac Island to the Gulf of Mexico. USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides," proved the mettle of the fledgling American navy; Oliver Hazard Perry hoisted a flag boasting, "Don't Give Up the Ship"; and Andrew Jackson's ragged force stood behind it's cotton bales at New Orleans and bested the pride of British regulars. Here are the stories of commanding generals such as America's double-dealing James Wilkinson, Great Britain's gallant Sir Isaac Brock, Canada's heroine farm wife Laura Secord, and country doctor William Beanes, whose capture set the stage for Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." During the War of 1812, the United States cast off its cloak of colonial adolescence and — with both humiliating and glorious moments — found the fire that was to forge a nation.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

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