This Essential category Warfighting First book provides an engaging account of the War of 1812. At the outbreak of the War of 1812, America’s prospects looked dismal. It was clear that the primary battlefield would be the open ocean but America’s war fleet, only twenty ships strong, faced a practiced British navy of more than a thousand men-of-war. Still, through a combination of nautical deftness and sheer bravado, the American navy managed to take the fight to the British on the Great Lakes, in the Atlantic, and even in the eastern Pacific, and turn the tide of the war.
In 1812: The Navy’s War, prizewinning historian George C. Daughan tells the thrilling story of how a handful of heroic captains and their stalwart crews overcame spectacular odds to lead the country to victory against the world’s greatest imperial power. A stunning contribution to military and national history, 1812: The Navy’s War is the first complete account of how the U.S. Navy rescued the fledgling nation and secured America’s future. This outstanding “Warfighting First” category book represents an important addition to the CNO Professional Reading Program in recognition of the bi-centennial celebration of the war it recounts. 1812: The Navy’s War is a “must read” for all Sailors and Officers.