Synopses & Reviews
Published when Theodore Roosevelt was only twenty-three years old, The Naval War of 1812
was immediately hailed as a literary and scholarly triumph, and it is still considered the definitive book on the subject. It caused considerable controversy for its bold refutation of earlier accounts of the war, but its brilliant analysis and balanced tone left critics floundering, changed the course of U.S. military history by renewing interest in our obsolete forces, and set the young author and political hopeful on a path to greatness. Roosevelt's inimitable style and robust narrative make The Naval War of 1812
enthralling, illuminating, and utterly essential to every armchair historian.
Praised for its scholarship, assurance, and originality, this classic naval history by Theodore Roosevelt offers stirring and comprehensive accounts of the war's dramatic naval battles and of the American and English commanders who fought on the vast North American lakes and on the ocean for control of the continent.
About the Author
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) was the twenty-sixth president of the United States. He was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the short-lived Progressive ("Bull Moose") Party of 1912. Before becoming president in 1901, he held offices at the city, state, and federal levels. Roosevelt was the force behind the completion of the Panama Canal, sent the Great White Fleet on a world tour to demonstrate American power, and negotiated an end to the Russo-Japanese War, for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize. He was the first American to win the Nobel Prize in any field. Roosevelt is also known for his achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, soldier, and author. His published works include Rough Riders, The Strenuous Life, Hunting Trips of a Ranchman and Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail. Educated at Juilliard and having performed with orchestras internationally, Paul Costanzo has brought the sensitivity and nuance of a classical music background to the world of voice acting for over twenty-five years. He was chosen by New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter to record titles in her FBI series, and AudioFile magazine has called his narration "Superb."