By George Daughan
On the outbreak of the battle of 1812, America’s clients seemed dismal. It was once transparent that the first battlefield often is the open oceanbut America’s warfare fleet, merely twenty ships robust, confronted a practiced British army of greater than one thousand men-of-war. nonetheless, via a mix of nautical deftness and sheer bravado, the yank army controlled to take the struggle to the British and switch the tide of the conflict: at the nice Lakes, within the Atlantic, or even within the jap Pacific.
In 1812: The Navy’s War, prizewinning historian George C. Daughan tells the exciting tale of ways a handful of heroic captains and their stalwart crews overcame unbelievable odds to steer the rustic to victory opposed to the world’s maximum imperial energy. a gorgeous contribution to army and nationwide background, 1812: The Navy’s War is the 1st entire account in additional than a century of ways the U.S. military rescued the fledgling country and secured America’s destiny.
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