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Union 1812 : the Americans who fought the Second War of Independence, A.J. Langguth

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Union 1812 : the Americans who fought the Second War of Independence
Title
Union 1812
Title remainder
the Americans who fought the Second War of Independence
Statement of responsibility
A.J. Langguth
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In 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. 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. Finally, two and a half years of bloodshed and botched strategies culminate in the spectacular battle of New Orleans. We also meet colorful characters from America's past: not only James and Dolley Madison, but also Sam Houston, Davy Crockett, Oliver Perry, Stephen Decatur, the great Shawnee chieftain Tecumseh, and four men who will follow Madison into the White House--James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Quincy Adams, and war hero Andrew Jackson. --From publisher description
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Review
  • Langguth follows his popular Patriots with a fast-paced account of the War of 1812. Ostensibly a fight over the impressment of American sailors by the British, this little-understood three-year conflict was really about who controlled the middle of North America. As the subtitle suggests, Langguth argues that only with America's second victory over England did the new nation fully confirm its sovereignty over the vast western territories. Langguth thankfully takes his time setting up the war, spending 150 pages walking readers through the first decade of the 1800s, when Thomas Jefferson made the Louisiana Purchase and attempted an ill-fated embargo against Britain. Though not a traditional military history, this book has a few rip-roaring battle scenes, such as Andrew Jackson's famous routing of the British at New Orleans. Langguth presents the War of 1812 as a pivot, the end of the era of early America. The war's end unleashed the next stage of aggressive expansionism. Langguth's prose is vivid, and he brings to life a panoply of personalities, from Dolley Madison to Tecumseh. He hasn't broken new ground, but he has provided a panoramic view of a decisive event in American military and political history. B&w illus., 5 maps. 100,000 first printing. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed July 31, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 30, p62)
  • This tenth book by Langguth (journalism, emeritus, Annenberg Sch. for Communication, Univ. of Southern California; Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution ) expertly guides readers through American history from the country's unsteady years as a sovereign nation to the culminating victories of the War of 1812. In vivid and richly detailed prose that can read like fiction but is based in well-researched fact, Langguth portrays a host of Federalist politicos and young America's many struggles. He explains the genesis, in political decisions and military actions, of the "second war of independence" with Great Britain. After delineating the war's numerous and diverse causes, he slows the book's pace by describing its disparate, far-flung battles, from the British capture of Fort Mackinac in Michigan to Andrew Jackson's heroism at the Battle of New Orleans, which in fact took place after the Treaty of Ghent had been signed. As he did in Patriots , Langguth here relies heavily on letters, personal journal entries, speech transcripts, and other primary sources that are uniformly fascinating and enlightening. While in no way revisionist, this is well-done history and a worthy addition to any academic library's American history collection. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/06.]—Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia --Douglas King (Reviewed November 1, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 18, p86)
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163954
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DLC
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1933-2014
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Langguth, A. J.
Dewey number
973.5/2
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
E354
LC item number
.L34 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • United States
  • United States
Target audience
adult
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the Americans who fought the second war of independence
Label
Union 1812 : the Americans who fought the Second War of Independence, A.J. Langguth
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http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0668/2006040340-t.html
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 447-463) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 482 pages
Isbn
9780743226189
Lccn
2006040340
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits
System control number
65521562
Label
Union 1812 : the Americans who fought the Second War of Independence, A.J. Langguth
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0668/2006040340-t.html
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 447-463) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 482 pages
Isbn
9780743226189
Lccn
2006040340
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits
System control number
65521562

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