• by David Nevin
  • Narrated by Geoffrey Howard
  • 19 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The war of 1812 would either make America a global power sweeping all the way to the Pacific or break it into small pieces bound to mighty England. It was a second revolution of sorts to prove to the British that America had to be taken seriously. The principal players in this drama were James and Dolley Madison and Andrew and Rachel Jackson. Their courage and determination would shape America's destiny.


What the Critics Say

"Crammed with color and captivating characters." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Excellent Historical Fiction

Nevin paints a enlightening picture of the politics and battles of the time that help me put events of today in better context--to think the U.S. was that close to dissolution! He takes great license in giving well-known historical characters distinctive personalities that entertain while at the same time providing a great history lesson. I finished this book feeling like I really knew 'Little Jimmy Madison', Ol' Hickory Andrew Jackson, and the ambitious soldier that was Winfield Scott.
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- Frank

A melodramatic novel

The author tries to combine history and fiction, without much success. Using drama to enhance history is acceptable, but using history to enhance drama is not--especially if the drama is second-rate and the history is distorted.

This is especially true in the love scenes, which are right out of a gothic romance. He uses the same melodramatic techniques on battle scenes. I was impressed by this at first; having never been in battle myself, but then it became too heroic, and even unbelievable. There was just too much drama, and I got tired of it.

He has chosen a great subject: the war of 1812. But he should fit it into a larger context: American history in general. What does 1812 tell us about America? According to this book, not much, and this is a pity, because I can see parallels between 1812 and Iraq. America still goes to war with great enthusiasm, but little intelligence.
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- Hal

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.