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Posted July 4, 2012
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this up at the bookst
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this up at the bookstore--maybe too academic or another rambling collection of battle narratives. But this was fantastic--detailed analysis without high-handed prose or organization. The book takes a complete look at the war, as so few accounts of war do. It looks at battles to be sure but also the home front and the decisions being made in the back rooms of politics.
I especially liked the more world view it takes by looking at what the war meant for Native Americans, Canada and the British Empire. I had no idea how important the U.S. was to the British Caribbean slave plantations and how important Britain's own imperial objectives were in bringing the war about and controlling it once it started. To read other accounts you would think Britain couldn't have cared less.
In other words, a great all around read for anyone interested in the conflict or that period in U.S. history or understanding how the U.S. developed the way it did. Lots of lessons for the present too.
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Posted July 10, 2012