!!> BOOKS ✹ Union 1812: The Americans Who Fought the Second War of Independence ✯ Author A.J. Langguth – Bassgrotto.co.uk

Union 1812: The Americans Who Fought the Second War of Independence In A J Langguth S Classic Patriots The Men Who Started The American Revolution, He Brought To Life Leaders From The Generation Of George Washington And Thomas Jefferson In All Of Their Complexity, With Their Great Strengths And Human Frailties In Union 1812, Those Men Appear Again, Tempered Now By Age And New Responsibilities.James Madison, The Fourth President Of The United States, Must Decide Whether To Go To War Again Only Thirty Years After The American Revolution.Washington, Adams, And Jefferson Had All Made Major Concessions To Avoid Entangling Their Young And Divided Nation In New Battles With Europe But The War Hawks, Aggressive Congressmen From The South And West, Are Demanding That Madison Take Action To Uphold America S Honor Against Great Britain.In This Gripping Narrative Of The Second And Final War Of Independence, Madison Leads An Unprepared Nation Into A Struggle That Will Establish The United States As A Major World Power And Stake Its Claim To The Entire Continent.As The War Begins, The U.S Navy Consists Of Seventeen Oceangoing Ships The British Fleet Numbers Seven Hundred Nor Is The Country United In Its Will To Win Governors In New England Are Refusing To Call Out Their Militia, While Mobs Attack Antiwar Newspaper Editors In Balti In A Violent Repetition Of The Boston Massacre.Dramatic Scenes Range Across The World, From Vicious Fighting On The Frontier One British Officer Compares The Hand To Hand Combat With The Savagery Of Bulldogs To Dolley Madison S Elegant Receptions At The Executive Mansion And The Wrangling Among America S Peace Delegates In Belgium At Ghent.Before The Outcome Is Decided, The War Will Have Engulfed Land And Sea, With A Disastrous U.S Defeat At Detroit And Epic Naval Campaigns On The Great Lakes After The Americans Sack Toronto, The British Retaliate By Burning The White House And The Capitol And Laying Siege With Their Rockets To Fort McHenry.Finally, Two And A Half Years Of Bloodshed And Botched Strategies Culminate In The Spectacular Battle Of New Orleans.The Heroes Of Patriots Are Joined Here By Dozens Of The Most Colorful And Enduring Characters From America S Past Not Only The Diminutive And Brilliant Madison And The Statuesque Dolley, But Also Sam Houston And Davy Crockett, Oliver Perry And Stephen Decatur, The Great Shawnee Chieftain Tecumseh, And Four Legendary Men Who Will Follow Madison Into The White House James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Quincy Adams, And The Triumphant Hero Andrew Jackson.For Too Long, The War Of 1812 Has Been Ignored Or Misunderstood Union 1812 Thrillingly Illustrates Why It Must Take Its Place As One Of The Defining Moments In American History.


10 thoughts on “Union 1812: The Americans Who Fought the Second War of Independence

  1. says:

    The War of 1812 gets only minor attention it seems Thinking back to high school, all I can really remember is that it had something to do with the British taking sailors off of American ships by force, some battles on the Great Lakes, and Andrew Jackson kicking some serious Brit bootie at New Orleans Oh yeah, and the great Johnny Horton song about the Battle of New Orleans When I decided to read Langguth s book on the War of 1812 I wasn t sure what I would learn The answer is a lot And not only that, it was a very enjoyabl...


  2. says:

    Union 1812 is a very well done narrative about the War of 1812, which is probably the most misunderstood conflict that the United States had ever engaged in It was a conflict that bridged the last of the founding generation with the first the second generation It was the only time an enemy has captured Washington D.C and burnt the White House and Capitol to the ground It would launch the career of Andrew Jackson who would reshape the country The war would start over something already settled British Impressment and its last battle New Orleans would be fought after the war was technically over Langguth most eloquently recaptures the essence of the conflict It is always dangerous to ask any historian for a little bit of background That statement is true here Despite being a book about the War of 1812, this book really begins at the end of the American Revolution Since Langguth had already written an earlier work about the American Revolution, I feel that he just never stopped writing and kept on going Nevertheless, I did not feel overwhelmed with information He just calmly takes the reader through the Constitutional Convention, the Washington, Adam, and Jefferson administrat...


  3. says:

    I was looking for a title that would give me a good introduction on the War of 1812 A brief search on Audible audiobook is the requirement in this case came up this one It got a lot of recommendation for being a good narrative history.After I am done I thought the title is very misleading The book is a collection of vignettes about various personalities before sometime WAY before , and during the conflict The narrative is not organized about how and why the war started the conduct of the war what happens after, which is what I am expecting Instead it is a loosely chronological account of the personalities, such as Washington and Jefferson who were not really main actors in the conflict , as well as relevant personalities like Madison.Each vignette is interesting in their own right our founding fathers are interesting people , but the transition is not well organized the change in the flow of narrative can be jarring Events happen without proper explanation about the why.I enjoyed th...


  4. says:

    A very good tale of the War of 1812 The narrative starts well before the war and goes into detail many of the events that led up to the war and the actions of some of the major players in the War, Madison, Jefferson, Adams Jackson etc It goes thru the vari...


  5. says:

    This book was fantastic There are never enough books about the War of 1812, which made me grab this one as soon as I saw it I wasn t disappointed It starts with a great introduction to the Early Republic Period following the War for Independence, and a concise afterward from the period following the War of 1812 until 1861 The description ...


  6. says:

    When I was in college, one of my professors RIP Dr Barbara Akin who had spent a good bit of time in England during her studies related a story of a family she stayed with In the story, the father of the house related that he sensed that there seemed some resentment among Americans for the British Dr Akin said that Americans did not like the fact that the British had burned Washington The gentleman turned to his wife and said, Did we burn Washington I knew we burned Joan of Arc but I did not realize we burned Washington This ignorance of the facts of the War of 1812 is pervasive Most Americans, if they know anything at all about the war, probably would mention Francis Scott Key and The Star Spangled Banner without having any clue about the context that led to the writing of the poem that was set to the tune of an English drinking song which leads me to believe that perhaps singing it drunk would be an improvement for many people But I digress With that in mind, A.J Langguth brings this book which goes into a great deal of detail about the prelude, events, and aftermath of what has been referred to as The Second War of Independence Langguth focuses on the the notable personalities of the war, primarily James and Dolley Madison, Andrew Jackson, Oliver Perry, and James Monroe although many other famous names make appearances including Sam Houston, Davey Crockett, and Stephen Decatur Langguth takes his time getting to the actual events of ...


  7. says:

    This book is not about the War of 1812 The title is very accurate it is about the Americans but it is not about the war I stopped reading after about 15 pages into George Washington, who was dead over a dozen years before the war As I read my way through the Presidents and am now reading Ketcham s James Madison I wanted to read on the war of 1812 If you just want quick biographies of several Americans who were alive from 1778 to the early years of the 1800 s this would be an excellent book to read, as Languth does his homework and packs in information I did not find other places Like the name of the man who made Georges false teeth But if you want to know about the War of 1812 you should look elsewhere Henry Adams book on The history of the United States During the Administration of James Madison Has about 900 pages on the war of 1812 pgs 342 1237 ...


  8. says:

    Good overview of the era between the Revolution and the Monroe administration, focusing on the build up and the conduct of the War of 1812 So many of the people were deeply involved get in depth treatment here than you might remember from survey courses Various navy and army figures, Tecumseh, Andrew Jackson, President Madison, and younger men who went on to become important figures like Davey Crockett or Sam Houston In an afterword, the author quotes a peer about the art of history writing along the lines ...


  9. says:

    Thorough, with considerable coverage of the precedent and legacy of the conflict This early test of the Union strained early sectarianism while testing the nation s survival amidst the established world powers.


  10. says:

    The War of 1812 is often neglected, and truth be told the history itself is actually often confusing This does a good job of looking at the issues leading up to, involved with, and coming out of this event in American history Highly readable.