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Douglas BrinkleyIf there is a central theme to A.J. Langguth's finely written Union 1812, it's about the reach of [the] flag—about how contentious the debate was over where the Stars and Stripes would fly following the American Revolution, in both the Great Lakes region and the Louisiana Territory. Framed as a sequel to Patriots, Langguth's bestselling book on the Revolution, Union 1812 seamlessly weaves together capsule biographies of historical heavy-hitters—including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, James Madison and James Monroe—as they grapple with border disputes. This makes for popular history at its most accessible, full of colorful anecdotes and pithy quotes.
Many academics will cringe at Langguth's breezy prose and thumbnail sketches. They shouldn't. He practically brings the War of 1812 to life again, a literary accomplishment that would have made the old Yale diplomatic historian Samuel Flagg Bemis proud. Reading Langguth makes you pine to learn more about Isaac Brock, Tecumseh and John Armstrong Jr., among a dozen other central figures.
—The Washington Post