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The first military test of the United States, the War of 1812 represents a defining moment in history as the newly formed U.S. Navy presented itself—and the country—as a powerful force to be reckoned with. As the Navy's official companion to the 200th anniversary of the war, Mark Collins Jenkins’ and David Taylor's The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy tells the epic story of the conflict that threatened to undo our nation.
Riveting firsthand accounts enliven this sea-level view of the conflict. Historic documents, letters, ephemera and artifacts, including fascinating finds from the Navy’s most recent underwater excavation of the war’s lost ships, lend a tactile immediacy to the story. Featuring a colorful, diverse cast of characters, from sailors, spies and ship’s surgeons to commodores, Navy wives and privateersmen—and incorporating hundreds of photographs, period illustrations, and contemporary and original maps—the book offers fresh revelations on every page.
Re-creating a precarious time when the concept of the “United States” was new, The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy presents a sweeping panorama of a defining moment in the American story.
Hardcover Book : 280 pages
Publisher: National Geographic Society ( March 06, 2012 )
Item #: 13-497278
Product Dimensions: 9.0 x 12.0 inches
Product Weight: 69.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)