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Lords of the Lake: The Naval War on Lake Ontario, 1812-1814

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  2 reviews
The first full-length study of the battle for Lake Ontario in the War of 1812.
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published March 28th 1999 by US Naval Institute Press (first published 1998)
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Matt
I really want to give this book a 4.5 or 4.8. It is a fantastic book missing only a strong conclusion of why the campaigns on Lake Ontario were "failures" based on combat but successes based on each countries strategic outlook for the war.

The British were not to lose the area then called "Upper Canada" or the Great Lakes region for any reason because if "Upper Canada" was lost then the war and the regions natural resources would be lost. The United States wanted the region to deny timber for th
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Sep 08, 2014 ^ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those with an interest in naval warfare and good 'story' telling.
I bought this on a visit to Portsmouth, Hampshire, a year or so after visiting Plattsburgh NY (close to the US-Canada border), in the Summer of 2002. I had called into the Town Hall, where, in sweltering humidity, a gentleman described to me, with knowledge, verve and passion, the (naval) Battle of Plattsburgh 1812. Assisted by my able and enthusiastic guide, and a very large table-top diorama of the scene on Lake Champlain; I discovered a whole war, let alone a battle, which I had previously no ...more
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