The War of 1812 would either make America a global power sweeping all the way to the Pacific--or break it into small pieces bound to England. It was a second revolution of sorts to prove to the British that America had to be taken seriously. The principal actors in this drama were James and Dolley Madison, and Andrew and Rachel Jackson. Their ...
The War of 1812 would either make America a global power sweeping all the way to the Pacific--or break it into small pieces bound to England. It was a second revolution of sorts to prove to the British that America had to be taken seriously. The principal actors in this drama were James and Dolley Madison, and Andrew and Rachel Jackson. Their courage and determination would shape America's destiny. National ads, including "USA Today".
Enjoying this book is a good way to get a full picture of the War of 1812. I had read 2 non fiction accounts of the war before I opened this large book. This fiction fleshed out history, and caused me to want to read more. for instance, I became curious about Winfield Scott, and bought Eisenhower's biography of him to read next.
I would have given this book 5 stars except for the strong language which is a distraction to me.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-05-27 Ten bestselling authors have contributed blurbs to Nevin's second novel (after the bestselling Dream West, 1983)Šamong them fellow historical novelists Gary Jennings, James Michener and John Jakes. Nevin incorporates traits of all three in his re-creation of the War of 1812: Jennings's intense detailing, Michener's sweep and Jakes's passion for America all surface here at times, though what results is less a glorious work of historical art than an insistently intriguing animated tableau. The narrative can be terribly talky, especially in the beginning. An early scene in the White House featuring President James Madison and a visiting General Andrew Jackson, who wants to take Canada by force from Britain, crams enough political, military and cultural information into dialogue between the two to fill a history lessonŠno surprise, since Nevin writes history books for the Time-Life series. Yet, in this very scene, Jackson and Madison, modeled with care, come to some sort of virtual life. As war begins between Britain and the U.S., culminating in the writing of the "Star Spangled Banner" and the burning of Washington, D.C., Nevin, helping himself with particularly vigorous battle scenes, conveys a kind of grandeur. This is, in essence, a patriotic pageant, but it's one crammed with color and captivating characters, and a good bet to follow in Dream West's footsteps as a TV miniseries. $150,000 ad/ promo; author tour. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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