Perilous Fight

Perilous Fight

America's Intrepid War With Britain on the High Seas, 1812-1815

Book - 2010
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Budiansky shows that, far from an indecisive and unnecessary conflict--as historians have long dismissed the War of 1812--this "forgotten war" had profound consequences that would change the course of naval warfare, America's place in the world, and the rules of international conflict forever. Never again would the great powers challenge the young republic's sovereignty in the aftermath of the stunning performance of America's navy and privateersmen. Drawing extensively on diaries, letters, and personal accounts from both sides, Budiansky re-creates the encounters at sea, the intimate hopes and fears of vainglorious captains and young seamen in search of adventure, and the behind-the-scenes political intrigue and maneuvering in Washington and London.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307270696
Branch Call Number: 973.52 Bu
Description: xvi, 422 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps, portraits ; 25 cm


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Oct 15, 2017

While it may be well researched and presented, this title is a difficult read as it spends much of its time telling things that are maybe too technical for someone not familiar with sailing technique. It is interesting in the point of telling history of the "Forgotten War!" that as an avid reader of history keeps me looking for new information, but I struggle to really be drawn to pick it up and continue reading!


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