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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (186 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: A. J. Langguth Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This dramatic account of the War of 1812 fills a surprising gap in the popular literature of the nation’s formative years. It is this second and final war of independence that established the young nation as a permanent power. Full of fascinating characters, A. J. Langguth’s riveting account covers a vast panorama of battles, from the American sacking of Toronto and the British burning of the White House and the Capitol, to the thrilling war at sea and on the Great Lakes and the final spectacular American victory at New Orleans.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Never again after this masterly work will 1812 be a forgotten war. Langguth brilliantly restores the war to its rightful place in American history while at the same time giving us a rousing good story that holds our attention from beginning to end.”

    Doris Kearns Goodwin, New York Times bestselling author

  • “We are in Langguth’s debt for this vivid retelling of the story of a war that still has everything to do with who we are and how we got this way…Reading Langguth, one is reminded anew of how relevant and resonant the past can be.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Finely written…Besides being a good read, Union 1812 allows you to capture the second wave of our founders with a renewed sense of awe and surprise.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Arthur | 2/14/2014

    " Too many dusty politicians, but the New Orleans chapter is good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Stuart Lutzenhiser | 1/18/2014

    " Starts with a brief history of the years between the revolution (1783), the reforming of the Constitution to the factors that lead up to the War of 1812. Not very put together summary of the major battles of the war and then a really brief "what did they do next" section as it takes the major players from 1815 to 1860. This is the barest scratch of an important conflict and this book is missing alot - no so much the details - but the "why". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Matt | 12/26/2013

    " pretty sweet. you get to find out what happened to all the dudes in the revolution. most of tem either killed themselves, or had super-gnarly illnesses... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa Anderson | 12/17/2013

    " Very good account of a war we learned very little of in school. Its truly a wonder this nation ever suceeded. "

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About the Author

A. J. Langguth is the author of a number of books of nonfiction and several novels. He was Saigon bureau chief for the New York Times and covered the civil rights movement. He taught at the University of Southern California for twenty-seven years and retired in 2003 as emeritus professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He lives in Los Angeles.