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Author: David Nevin Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The American Story Series Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781483075068
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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

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

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 5/2/2010


  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jamie | 3/18/2010

    " I haven't made it past the first 2 chapters. Really slow and a little too descriptive for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ross | 2/15/2010

    " I could just barely get through the book. My interest in reading historical fiction is the history, not the fiction. Much of this book is filled with fiction that seems to be aimed at teenage girls. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 6/1/2009

    " Historical fiction. A great take on the events leading up to the forgotten war of 1812. It was amazing to me how the war forged our nation into a country to be reckoned with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/16/2009

    " I love historical fictions and this book is no exception. This is a story of unsung heroes in our history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 11/14/2008

    " A very good read. Learned a lot about James and Molley Madison and Andrew Jackson and the issues associated with the war of 1812 (the 2nd Amercian revolution), including the battle of New Orleans.

    I liked Eagle's Cry a little more, but this was still very good.

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 11/4/2008

    " If you want to take a chance on a historical fiction novel, start here. Nevin takes you on a ride through a time period in American history we tend to forget. Andrew Jackson is given a voice that becomes believable from the first words you read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 10/18/2008

    " I bought this book while visiting The Heritage while on vacation. Some of my favorite books are historical fictions along the lines of John Jakes and Edward Rutherford. I've found a new author in David Nevin to while the hours away in yesterday with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 5/11/2008

    " Very good book. What I learned from this book? I learned what is wrong with America. In 1812 there was a tap room in the house and senate. There isn't one now. Maybe with a few beers the dumb shits would lighten up or maybe forget who has bought them off and do the right thing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tisha | 1/29/2008

    " This book was actually very good. I enjoyed the story (I read a lot about wars and historical events, but not much about the war of 1812). It had some great lines. However, I couldn't recomend this book in good conscience because there is so much bad language and sex. "

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.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. He won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.