Item description for The Naval War of 1812 (Modern Library War) by Theodore Roosevelt...
Overview Provides a detailed account of the War of 1812, focusing specifically on the naval battles.
Publishers Description 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.
The books in the Modern Library War series have been chosen by series editor Caleb Carr according to the significance of their subject matter, their contribution to the field of military history, and their literary merit.
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Studio: Modern Library
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.84" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date May 4, 1999
Publisher Modern Library
ISBN 0375754199 ISBN13 9780375754197
Availability 0 units.
More About Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858 (a date celebrated each year by the U.S. Navy as Navy Day), and became the twenty-sixth president of the United States. He was a naturalist, writer, historian, and soldier. He died in 1919. Caleb Carr is the bestselling author of the novels The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness, as well as a critically acclaimed biography of an American mercenary, The Devil Soldier. He writes frequently on military history for The New York Times and MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, where he is a contributing editor.
Theodore Roosevelt was born in 1858 and died in 1919.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Naval War of 1812 (Modern Library War)?
A Classic Ruided Apr 17, 2008
This Echo Library edtion is a great disappointment. It is riddled with mistakes; words run together, first letter of many words missing, placement of footnote numbers incorrect. There are many different formats used for tables. Their decision to remove the original illustrations and diagrams was a major mistake. It is obivious that a proper proof reading was not cared out. The responsible person for this production has a lot to answer for.
In my opinion this edition should never have come to print. It is no longer a useful reference to the serious student nor is it much good for the casual interested reader.
Better insight into TR than history of 1812 Jun 5, 2006
I read this book to try and kill two birds with one stone - get a better feel for one of my favorite Americans and learn about the war of 1812. Unfortunately Roosevelt focuses on the naval actions without giving much context or background. He also assumes you will know a lot of the nautical terms he uses and I did not. Roosevelt is fixated with refuting William James' "Naval History of Great Britain" at every turn, which got tiring; even if it did provide a lot of insight into how obsessive the man was and how relentlessly he attacked those obsessions.
Roosevelt is at his best when he gets into the heroism of battle, often complementing the British as a way to further pump up the Americans. The payoff for me was the last chapter on the battle of New Orleans, which is not primarily naval, and was written a couple of years after the rest of the book. Here you get his red-blooded opinions on Jefferson, Jackson, and slavery, along with a bully battle narrative.
Wonderful account of the naval war of 1812 Dec 20, 2004
I must admit that after seeing that this book was written well over a century ago, I was a bit hesitant, but I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this work.
Theodore Roosevelt, the future president, at the age of 23 has written a very impartial(by standards of the day)study of the young US Navy in the War of 1812. Not a dry history, but a very readable and enjoyable book. Prior works on the War of 1812 are very biased whether it was written by British or American authors. Roosevelt does not fail to excite when it comes to the ship to ship duels, where more often than not, the US Navy comes out on top.
However, their are some problems. Roosevelt is very critical of the famous William James account of the conflict. He cites many errors and biases, with justification. However, Roosevelt often digresses too much in this regard, or I would have given this work 5 stars. Regardless, this book was a pleasure to read and a must have for the Patrick O'Brian fans out there(Like me!)
Three Cheers for America! Oct 9, 2000
In a time when patriotism is passe, reading this book can redden the stuff in any American's veins. Our Navy's often-victorious battles against a superb and numerically superior foe ranks with the Athenian victory at Marathon in the annals of honor. Roosevelt was a natural storyteller and a first-rate scholar. Like JFK two generations later ("Why England Slept") this work was the product of a young twentysomething Harvard grad (JFK was actually a senior) that commanded serious attention nationally, and presaged a later rise to the summit of public life. Roosevelt's research is exhaustive, but not tedious, thanks to a vigorous prose style that carries the reader through a mass of detail without losing sail. The digression on which nationalities make the best seafarers would no doubt be considered un-PC today, but, as a general characterization of national characteristics, they arguably hold true. The author's final chapter, on the Battle of New Orleans, forshadows future policy, in that his criticism of the unreliability of the militia were embodied in the reforms that fully Federalized the National Guard, as the Dick Act of 1903. (Doubtless, his Spanish-American War experiences contributed to his desire to supplant the 1793 Militia Act, as well.) This book rests on my shelf, next to Mahan's "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History," and O'Brien's Aubrey-Maturin novels - as is fitting for an historical work written in the spirit of high adventure and studded with minute detail. -Lloyd A. Conway
Roosevelt's inimitable style Dec 19, 1999
This very well-written account, surprising from a youth of only 23, gives balanced portrayals of most of the major sea battles between the fledgling American navy, and the Lord of the Seas, Great Britain. In it, Roosevelt backs up his praise of American maritime ingenuity and the seaworthiness and discipline of its sailors with proofs, citations and cautious but sound reasoning. In each, diagrams of the engagements are provided, as well as other documented statistics, without overloading the reader with details, yet there are plenty of those. Roosevelt describes the handling of each ship and the actions of its captains with minute detail, without being, to the layman, purely technical. Although Roosevelt beats the patriotic drum, he also swings a corrective switch, against our commanders and our partisan historians, when their actions are faulty and objectionable -- a fact which underscores his fairmindedness and the authenticity of his rendering.