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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (182 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Taylor Narrator: Andrew Garman Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this deeply researched and clearly written book, the Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Alan Taylor tells the riveting story of a war that redefined North America. During the early nineteenth century, Britons and Americans renewed their struggle over the legacy of the American Revolution. Soldiers, immigrants, settlers, and Indians fought in a northern borderland to determine the fate of a continent. Would revolutionary republicanism sweep the British from Canada? Or would the British Empire contain, divide, and ruin the shaky American republic?

In a world of double identities, slippery allegiances, and porous boundaries, the leaders of the republic and of the empire struggled to control their own diverse peoples. The border divided Americans, former Loyalists and Patriots, who fought on both sides in the new war, as did native peoples defending their homelands. Serving in both armies, Irish immigrants battled one another, reaping charges of rebellion and treason. And dissident Americans flirted with secession while aiding the British as smugglers and spies.

During the war, both sides struggled to sustain armies in a northern land of immense forests, vast lakes, and stark seasonal swings in the weather. In that environment, many soldiers panicked as they fought their own vivid imaginations, which cast Indians as bloodthirsty savages. After fighting each other to a standstill, the Americans and the British concluded that they could safely share the continent along a border that favored the United States at the expense of Canadians and Indians. Both sides then celebrated victory by forgetting their losses and by betraying the native peoples.

A vivid narrative of an often brutal (and sometimes comic) war that reveals much about the tangled origins of the United States and Canada.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Easily the most sophisticated book ever written about a conflict that is often either neglected or seriously misunderstood…Taylor’s discussions of diplomatic and political maneuvering are woven with military set-pieces into a powerful narrative…[This] book affirms his gifts for prodigious research.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Remarkable and deeply researched…Taylor masterfully captures the strangeness of this war.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “In this deeply researched and clearly written book, [Taylor] tells the riveting story of a war that redefined North America.”

    Washington Times

  • “Credit Taylor with blowing most of the dust off America’s most forgotten war. This is history with a capital H.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Comprehensive…Taylor’s account of a land war that roughly divided people with a common culture and heritage provides a new dimension for an understanding of 1812.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A truly spellbinding narrative. Unlike other books on the War of 1812, [Taylor’s] is about the hearts and minds of the people who planned it, fought it and lived through it. Almost every page brings a revelation.”

    Toronto Star

  • “An impressively accessible history…A perceptively nuanced take on a war often forgotten or misunderstood…Taylor offers persuasive arguments, a lively narrative.”

    Richmond Times Dispatch

  • “Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Taylor…presents the War of 1812 not as the conventionally understood second war for independence, but as a civil war waged in the context of a US-Canadian boundary barely separating kindred peoples, recently and incompletely divided by the revolution.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Thoroughly researched…Taylor illuminates an arena generally omitted from military histories of the war. Battles and campaigns do connect his account, however, which will stand history collections in good stead for a very long while.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rod | 2/16/2014

    " Well written and researched. As a Canadian, I enjoyed the American perspective that this author provides. This book provided me with insight into the poltics that affected decisions on American strategy and policy with regards the war that are mostly given cursory attention by Canadian authors. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Marc | 2/12/2014

    " Still not sure why we went to war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patricia | 9/6/2013

    " I liked it. The author describes the book as a story of "civil war of a porous borderland of shifting identies." Concentration is on the Canadian/American border and the convoluted and evolving interactions of participants. Pretty fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Norma Bush | 7/27/2013

    " This book has a great deal of interesting information. BUT, it is very tedious. I listened to an audiobook, so I couldn't know how much longer a chapter or unit was. It seemed very long and repetitive. All of that being said, I am glad I listened; I learned a lot of American history I didn't know. And, I am surprised Canada is such a good neighbor after all of the raids across the border. "

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