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War with America

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ISBN 9780674034778

Publication Date: 03/30/2010


656 pages

6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

16 halftones, 16 maps

Belknap Press


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Of all the books I’ve consumed on the War of 1812, Jon Latimer’s 1812: War with America has got to be the best… It is the most comprehensive narrative of the war you’re likely to find.—Hans Werner, The Toronto Star

The history of the war has been written mainly by Americans. Jon Latimer has now provided a full account, mainly from the British standpoint and often using British sources hitherto disregarded by American historians. It is a very credible effort and a substantial volume… The fact is the war of 1812, which Latimer describes so well, taught both Britain and America that war between them was futile and shameful.—Paul Johnson, Literary Review

[Latimer] is particularly good at establishing the complicated connections between the negotiations that ended the war in America and the wider European peace settlement.—Stephen Conway, The Times Literary Supplement

This is a history of the War of 1812 written from the British perspective, using the personal letters, diaries, and memoirs of the generals, admirals, politicians, plus the ordinary soldiers, seamen, and civilians caught up in the conflict. It is a comprehensive and fast-paced narrative that brings the conflict vividly to life, from its causes than emanated from the Napoleonic War in Europe, to the conclusion of peace in 1814… 1812: War with America is a comprehensible and very readable account of the conflict. By examining the story from the British perspective, the author places the war within its global context as perceived by Great Britain at the time. As such, it is a very valuable addition to any library on this subject.—Paul Chamberlain, First Empire

Latimer promises and delivers a comprehensive investigation of the War of 1812 from a British perspective. What Latimer has provided is a densely detailed and balanced study. He examines the issues from the perspectives of all participants: Americans, Britons, Canadians, and Indians. His approach is broad, weaving political, diplomatic, financial, social, military, and naval activities into a coherent whole. His work is buttressed by the skillful use of the best scholarship and is further supported by extensive personal accounts of the participants which contribute to an already engaging style.—Richard V. Barbuto, Journal of Military History

This insightful and comprehensive study of the War of 1812 is particularly valuable because it presents that conflict from the perspective of America’s enemy. Latimer’s British point of view—in which he sees the war as a subset of the war wit Napoleon, rather tha as the separate conflict we often view it as—may not be wholly appreciated by U.S. readers. But this impressively researched and well-written account is a fascinating revelation that serves as an excellent mirror in which to study ourselves.—Thomas J. Cutler, Proceedings

An exhaustive reassessment of a war neither side really won.Kirkus Reviews

In this welcome British perspective to the canon of research on the War of 1812, Latimer convincingly debunks the popular myth that this was a second war of independence and a total victory for the United States… The financial deficiencies, administrative mishaps, and military mistakes on both sides are examined in thorough detail, making for a balanced and enlightening account.—Douglas King, Library Journal

Many books have been written about the War of 1812 in the last few years, but none quite like Jon Latimer’s 1812: War with America. The author of histories of British arms in the Burma and North African campaigns in World War II, Latimer has written the first book on the the War of 1812 from the British perspective since nearly two centuries ago. The result is a thorough and elegantly written account that squarely places the conflict in the context of the Napoleonic Wars… 1812: War with America covers all aspects of the conflict, including diplomacy, finances, atrocities perpetrated by and against the Indians, the naval campaigns at sea and on the Great Lakes, and the land campaigns in the Old Northwest, the South, and Canada… With wit and pathos, [Latimer] has drawn wonderful capsule sketches of the participants, and his staggering research as led to illuminating first-hand accounts of marches and battles from leading generals to lowly sergeants… 1812: War with America is a detailed study of a still-obscure war from the British perspective, insightful, written with panache, and backed by massive research.—Frederick C. Leiner, United States Naval Institute

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