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Naval War of 1812, The
 Naval War of 1812, The 
Naval War of 1812, The
Theodore Roosevelt
Modern Library, 1999

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.

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Battle of New Orleans, The
 Battle of New Orleans, The 
Battle of New Orleans, The
Robert Vincent Remini
Viking Press, 1999

The Battle of New Orleans (and the War of 1812 in general) has tended to suffer more from neglect than from too much attention. This concise book, full of workmanlike prose, is a fine introduction to what Remini calls "America's first military victory" (he downplays Saratoga and Yorktown as "simply surrenders, nothing more"). Military history buffs won't want to miss it.

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Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay
 Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay 
Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay
Christopher T. George
White Mane Publishing Company, 2000

Traces the abuses to the Bay by the British under Rear Admiral George Cockburn which led to the attacks on Havre de Grace, Maryland, and Norfolk and Hampton, Virginia, in 1813, and Washington, D.C., and Baltimore in 1814. Ultimately, British intelligence failures led to them failing to achieve their objectives in the Bay and their ultimate withdrawal. The great American defensive victory at Baltimore led to the writing of the poem "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key, which makes up the words of the present-day national anthem of the United States.

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Encyclopedia of the War of 1812
 Encyclopedia of the War of 1812 
Encyclopedia of the War of 1812
Jeanne T. Heidler and David Stephen Heidler (Editors)
ABC-CLIO, 1997

A must have for anyone interested in the War of 1812. Covers all engagements of significance including some minor battles, the major commanders on both sides, and also political and social aspects. Highly recommended.

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Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814, The
 Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814, The 
Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814, The
Anthony S. Pitch
Naval Institute Press, 1998

In a lively and well written account, journalist and historian Anthony Pitch author describes the British attack on Washington, D.C., the American collapse at Bladensburg, and the burning of the public buildings by the British under General Ross. A recommended book.

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War of 1812: The War That Both Sides Won, The
 War of 1812: The War That Both Sides Won, The 
War of 1812: The War That Both Sides Won, The
Wesley B. Turner
Dundurn Press Ltd, 2000

Wesley Turner provides an overview of the war, and examines the arguments on both sides of the debate. Working from an unbiased perspective, Turner points to facts that will make Canadians and Americans see the war from each other's perspective. Rather than just tallying the number of battles won and lost, he goes beyond the battlefields to reveal each side's motivation for entering the war, their changing goals as the conflict continued, and their demands when negotiating the treaty that brought the war to an end. By looking at what was hoped for and what was accomplished, we can gain a clearer view of the war.

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