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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Nevin Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The American Story Series Release Date:
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From the author of the New York Times bestseller Dream West comes this vivid historical novel about the dawn of America and the personalities that shaped it.

Only three short decades after the revolution that created the young republic, a deeply divided America would be drawn into war once again. 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. The principal actors in this drama were President James Madison and his beloved Dolley, General Andrew Jackson and his Rachel, and the young military talent Winfield Scott. From the White House, to the southern woodlands haunted by British-backed Indians, to the war’s most celebrated battle in New Orleans, their courage and determination would shape America’s destiny.

Finely tuned writing, vivid characters, and attention to historical detail make this a novel not to be missed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Splendid! The history and the dreams, the men and women who made an preserved us a nation. David Nevin is an author of power and scope.”

    James A. Michener, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An insistently intriguing animated tableau…crammed with color and captivating characters, and a good bet to follow in Dream West’s footsteps as a TV miniseries.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Nevin excels at portraying battles in vivid detail and revealing political complexities in an engaging manner.”

    Library Journal

  • “Exhibits the best characteristics of the genre: it informs without oversimplifying the subject. Entertaining and very illuminating…a substantive work.”


  • “A brilliantly realized chronicle that gives a human scale to the author’s panoramic canvas. A considerable achievement, and one that transcends genre.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by SL | 7/27/2012

    " Didn't really read this abridged version - decided to read all of Adams's brilliant 9-volume History of the US during the Administrations of Jefferson and Madison instead, and it RULED!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Vince | 3/20/2011

    " Illuminates the doubts and uncertainties of a new nation trying to survive amid regional differences, financial woes and the threat of the Brits trying to grab back control. Vivid portrayals of Madison, Jackson and Winfield Scott and historic battles at the Canadian border and in New Orleans. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dawn | 8/25/2010

    " I actually didn't finish it. I got a little tired of the added sexual stuff. It seemed to get in the way of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Burt | 6/10/2010

    " Enjoyable historical novel. The author's character development adds an interesting slant to the events as they actually played out.

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About the Author

David Nevin spent his childhood on army bases. On his seventeenth birthday he joined the US Navy at the latter stages of World War II. Later, as a merchant marine, he spent seven years in the Pacific before he returned to the United States and became a journalist. He was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Award. In addition to writing books on popular history for Time-Life, Nevin continues to write freelance. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Dream West, which became a seven-part miniseries.