The War of 1812

  • by Donald R Hickey
  • Narrated by Douglas R. Pratt
  • 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This comprehensive and authoritative history of the War of 1812, thoroughly revised for the 200th anniversary of the historic conflict, is a myth-shattering study that will inform and entertain students, historians, and general listeners alike.
Donald R. Hickey explores the military, diplomatic, and domestic history of our second war with Great Britain, bringing the study up to date with recent scholarship on all aspects of the war, from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada. The newly expanded The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict, Bicentennial Edition includes additional information on the British forces, American Indians, and military operations - such as the importance of logistics and the use and capabilities of weaponry.
Hickey explains how the war promoted American nationalism and manifest destiny, stimulated peacetime defense spending, and enhanced America's reputation abroad. He also shows that the war sparked bloody conflicts between pro-war Republican and anti-war Federalist neighbors, dealt a crippling blow to American Indians, and solidified the United States's antipathy toward the British.

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What the Critics Say

"A well-researched and extensively documented overview of the causes and consequences of the War of 1812. Highly recommended as an inclusive political, military, and social treatment of a customarily neglected war." (American Library Association Booklist)
"Despite being forgotten and overlooked, the War of 1812 was a significant milestone in the development of the United States... there is no better place to start than with The War of 1812." (Civil War News)
"The definitive study." (Journal of American History)

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The War of 1812 fascinating listening

If you could sum up The War of 1812 in three words, what would they be?

It ended before the last battle
If England was not fighting Napoleon, we might all be speaking English now


Who was your favorite character and why?

Winfield Scott
Captured, shot


Which scene was your favorite?

When the troop went over the niagra in barrels


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Cried because I couldnt sleep


Any additional comments?

It's really an excellent book

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- Ira S. Saposnik

Definitely an American Perspective

Generally easy to follow and well performed except for some annoying mispronunciations. Arrogantly American at times especially the pronouncement that the Americans were the most profoundly affected by the War, so much so that they hardly remember it! Well researched though so no real complaints. Good to have another perspective.
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- Lisa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-08-2013
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks