Union 1812: The Americans Who Fought the Second War of Independence
This method of telling history (following individuals, telling a story, keeping it short where interest is not and long where interest is, and for pleasure) is reflected also in the Civil War series by Jeff and Michael Shara starting with "The Kille...more
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 o...more
I found this book to be somewhat problematic, jumbled and a little disappointing for a variety of reasons.
Mr. Langguth first addresses the climate preceding this war, while providing insight into the significant events that transpired before it as well (e.g., Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Napoleonic Wars, etc.) – all of which effectively operated as “links” in the chain...more
It was big book with thick layers of information about the politics of the war and less about the battles. I have a new respect for James Madison he had a very difficult road to travel but in the end... he made the right decisions to help preserve the union. This one would probably bore most people w...more
It wasn't quite what I expected: less biographical than I expected, many of the chapters are less focused on the people who's names they bear than one would expected, and some notable persons go unmentioned (David Dixon Porter in particular comes to mind).
That said, the author writes well, it gives a more in-depth and sympathetic portrayal of William Hull, and I really enjoyed the early parts of the book about the time from the end of the Revolutionary War through Wa...more
I didn't really know much about the War of 1812 other than passing mention in my school textbooks, and I picked up this book because I had a feeling that there were some dramatic stories of American history that I was missing out on.
I was certainly right, and A. J. Langguth is just the kind of writer that a history nut would want. In this book the battles and political struggles come alive in vivid detail. You feel as if Langguth somehow was able to interview these people, or at least their clo...more
Seriously, it's probably got too much backstory and too much follow up, but it is jam packed with history. It's a little too easy to zone out and miss parts.