Union 1812: The Americans Who Fought the Second War of Independence

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A narrative of the War of 1812 links its events to the War of Independence and American beliefs about Manifest Destiny, in an account that documents key battles while evaluating the contributions of such figures as Thomas Jefferson, Dolley Madison, and Davy Crockett. Simultaneous.

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"A. J. Langguth's "Union 1812" is an excellent companion volume -- and handy sequel -- to his fine "Patriots," which entertained and enlightened readers with its cast of characters from the Revolutionary War. Anyone now looking for an equally engaging and reliable guide to the principal figures and events surrounding the War of 1812 need look no further. This is it."

-- Benson Bobrick, author of "Angel in the Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolution"



""Union 1812" both fills a gaping hole in our early history and inventively and persuasively anchors the War of 1812 to the founding process, giving us portraits not only of players like Madison, Tecumseh, Jackson, and Harrison, but also of the revolutionary heroes Jefferson, Adams, and Washington, whose contributions take on new meaning in light of this 'second war of independence' and the true opening of the American West."

-- William Hogeland, author of "The Whiskey Rebellion"



"A. J. Langguth is incapable of writing a dull sentence. Here he brings rousingly to life the perilous, fascinating years between America's first and second wars of independence. With an artist's flair, a scholar's rigor, and the narrative genius of a born storyteller, he gives us presidents and their wives, Redcoats and frontier Caesars, heroes and scalawags -- an unforgettable portrait gallery of young America."

-- Richard Norton Smith, author of "Patriarch: George Washington" and the "New American Nation"



"This is the fascinating saga of a war that tested the nation's ability to set aside political differences and survive its inevitable second confrontation with a better-prepared foe eager to avenge earlier defeat. Langguth provides rich historical detail and unforgettable insights into the event and those who assumed leadership during this pivotal period in American history." -- Larry Cox, "Tucson Citizen"

"Finely written...popular history at its most accessible, full of colorful anecdotes and pithy quotes...Practically brings the War of 1812 to life again...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." -- Douglas Brinkley, "The Washington Post Book World"

"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. Langguth...paints human portraits with skill and grace. "Union 1812" is a Plutarchan undertaking, with the larger story of politics and war told through the lives of presidents Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Jackson, the Madisons, and less-known figures such as Zebulon Pike. The book has a lovely narrative pace...Reading Langguth, one is reminded anew of how relevant and resonant the past can be." -- Jon Meacham, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"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, author of Team of Rivals

About the Author:

A. J. Langguth is the author of almost a dozen books, including Union 1812; Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution; and Our Vietnam: The War, 1954–1975.
Grover Gardner has narrated over 650 audiobooks, been named one of the Best Voices of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and has received over twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, as well as two coveted Audie Awards.

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