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

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

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An enjoyable although at times dense book. Some of the sailing terminology and description got a little hard to follow at times. The larger point that the other was making and the chronicling of the course of the war was engaging. Read full review

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

User Review  - Daniel Farabaugh - Goodreads

An enjoyable although at times dense book. Some of the sailing terminology and description got a little hard to follow at times. The larger point that the other was making and the chronicling of the course of the war was engaging. Read full review

Contents

In Barbar
3
Tripoli Harbor 1804
12
Honors Shoals
30
British and Amcrican mcnofwzar
82
A Defence Worthy of Republicans 73
88
Sails and wind
116
The Present ar Unexpected Umleeessary and Ruinous
149
The United States vs the Alaeedonizzrz October 25 1812
166
Walls of Vood
187
You Shall Now Feel the Eilects of ar
214
Chesapeake Bay theater 1813 14
238
The Far Side oi the Worll
258
Commerceraiding cruiscs of the President and the Essex 181214
274
My Country l Fear Has Forgot Me
286
Praise to God for the Restoration 0 Peace
353
ble s
369

The Constitution vs thejava December 29 1812
179

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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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