Perilous Fight: America's Intrepid War with Britain on the High Seas, 1812-1815

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2012 - History - 422 pages
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In Perilous Fight, Stephen Budiansky tells the rousing story of the U.S. Navy during the War of 1812, when an upstart American fleet fought off the legendary Royal Navy and established America as a world power for the first time.
 
Through vivid re-creations of riveting and dramatic encounters at sea, Budiansky shows how this underdog coterie of seamen and their visionary secretary of the navy combined bravery and strategic brilliance to defeat the British, who had dominated the seas for more than two centuries.  A gripping and essential hsitory, this is the military and political story of how the U.S. Navy became a permanent and essential part of the nation's defense.

 

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User Review  - Renzomalo - LibraryThing

“Perilous Fight” is a thoroughly readable historical account of our fledgling nation’s intrepid war with Great Britain over the issue of free trade and “impressment” of American seaman into the ... Read full review

PERILOUS FIGHT: America's Intrepid War with Britain on the High Seas, 1812-1815

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

This early entry in the likely flood of books on the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 focuses on the naval action.Journalist and military historian Budiansky (The Bloody Shirt: Terror After ... Read full review

Contents

Tripoli Harbor 1804
8
In Barbar
30
A Defence Worthy of Republicans
73
British and American menofwar
82
Sails and wind
116
Love of Fame Is a Noble Passion
149
The United States vs the Macedonian October 25 1812
166
The Constitution vs the java December 29 1812
179
You Shall Now Feel the Effects of War
214
Chesapeake Bay theater 181314
238
The Far Side of the World
258
Commerceraiding cruises of the President and the Essex 181214
274
IO Fortunes of War
313
Praise to God for the Restoration of Peace
355
Notes
369
Bibliography
391

Walls of Wood
187

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About the author (2012)

Stephen Budiansky is a military historian and journalist. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Men's Journal, MHQ, Civil War Times, and many other publications. His previous books include The Bloody Shirt, Her Majesty's Spymaster, Air Power, and Battle of Wits. He lives in Leesburg, Virginia.

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