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.


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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Customer Reviews

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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

The War of 1812

The subject matter was very interesting and the author has accumulated a tremendous amount of previously unknown information. To this he adds great insight acquired through his studies. However, the dryness of the presentation detracted greatly from my enjoyment. This was partly due to the manuscript itself, but was exacerbated by the reader's presentation style. It was at times painful to listen to, but as I was interested in the subject, perseverance ultimately got me through it.
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Book Details

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