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War of 1812

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1TomCat14
Ago 23, 2015, 2:43pm

Having read quite a few books on the Napoleonic Wars in Europe, I now would like to learn more about the 1812-1814 war between Britain and the United States.
Which books would you suggest to give me a good general introduction on this topic ?

2Jestak
Ago 24, 2015, 12:51am

It's been a little while since I read Amateurs to Arms by John Elting, but as I recall it's fairly good. 1812: War With America by Jon Latimer is also good, written from the British perspective. Finally, I believe that Walter Borneman has a book on the War of 1812; I haven't read it yet, but I'm familiar with some of his other books and I'd guess that it is pretty good.

I can also recommend a couple of books that are more specifically to do with the naval war. Six Frigates by Ian Toll is not exclusively about the War of 1812, but owing to its subject it has a great deal of information about the naval war (and it's outstanding just in general). Perilous Fight by Stephen Budiansky is also pretty good on the naval war.

3surly
Ago 25, 2015, 3:24pm

For the naval side, The Naval War of 1812 has a good reputation although I have not yet read it.

4steve.clason
Ago 29, 2015, 8:29pm

The Borneman book mentioned in 2> is excellent and fairly short (that mattered to me, might not to you). Decent maps. 1812: The War That Forged a Nation

5Foxhunter
Editado: Ago 30, 2015, 7:33am

>3 surly: Surly

perhaps worth mentioning that The Naval war of 1812 is by C S Forester, which may commend it.

edit -Hold on, just checked your library and see that Theodore Roosevelt also wrote a book with this title - a double commendation.

Further edit - the Forester book is also known as The Age of fighting sail - the naval war of 1812 - you don't seem to have this one in your impressive naval collection.

PS - please see my comment (as requested) on one of your pictures.

6pmackey
Ago 31, 2015, 11:30am

I second Six Frigates and 1812: The War That Forged a Nation. I enjoyed reading them both.