Union 1812 by A.J. Langguth

Union 1812

The author of the acclaimed Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution presents this dramatic account of the War of 1812, the war that established a young nation as a permanent power and proved its claim to Manifest Destiny. Maps.

Details Union 1812

TitleUnion 1812
Release DateNov 7th, 2006
PublisherSimon & Schuster
GenreHistory, North American Hi..., American History, Nonfiction, Military, Military History, War

Reviews Union 1812

  • Jeremy Perron
    Union 1812 is a very well done narrative about the War of 1812, which is probably the most misunderstood conflict that the United States had ever engaged in. It was a conflict that bridged the last of the founding generation with the first the second generation. It was the only time an enemy has captured Washington D.C. and burnt the White House and Capitol to the ground. It would launch the career of Andrew Jackson who would reshape the country....
  • Kelley
    The War of 1812 gets only minor attention it seems. Thinking back to high school, all I can really remember is that it had something to do with the British taking sailors off of American ships by force, some battles on the Great Lakes, and Andrew Jackson kicking some serious Brit bootie at New Orleans. Oh yeah, and the great Johnny Horton song about the Battle of New Orleans. When I decided to read Langguth's book on the War of 1812 I wasn't sure...
  • Milton Soong
    I was looking for a title that would give me a good introduction on the War of 1812. A brief search on Audible (audiobook is the requirement in this case) came up this one. It got a lot of recommendation for being a good narrative history.After I am done I thought the title is very misleading. The book is a collection of vignettes about various personalities before (sometime WAY before), and during the conflict. The narrative is not organized abo...
  • Lee
    A very good tale of the War of 1812. The narrative starts well before the war and goes into detail many of the events that led up to the war and the actions of some of the major players in the War, Madison, Jefferson, Adams Jackson etc. It goes thru the various actions and battles of the War of 1812, the political maneuverings in and out of the United States and the peace negotiations. In the afterword it tells what happened to many of the major ...
  • Keith Parrish
    When I was in college, one of my professors (RIP Dr. Barbara Akin) who had spent a good bit of time in England during her studies related a story of a family she stayed with. In the story, the father of the house related that he sensed that there seemed some resentment among Americans for the British. Dr. Akin said that Americans did not like the fact that the British had burned Washington. The gentleman turned to his wife and said, "Did we burn ...
  • David
    This book is not about the War of 1812. The title is very accurate it is about the Americans .... but it is not about the war. I stopped reading after about 15 pages into George Washington, who was dead over a dozen years before the war. As I read my way through the Presidents and am now reading Ketcham's "James Madison" I wanted to read more on the war of 1812. If you just want quick biographies of several Americans who were alive from 1778 to t...
  • Cam
    Good overview of the era between the Revolution and the Monroe administration, focusing on the build-up and the conduct of the War of 1812. So many of the people were deeply involved get more in-depth treatment here than you might remember from survey courses. Various navy and army figures, Tecumseh, Andrew Jackson, President Madison, and younger men who went on to become important figures like Davey Crockett or Sam Houston. In an afterword, the ...
  • Two-fisted History
    This book was fantastic. There are never enough books about the War of 1812, which made me grab this one as soon as I saw it. I wasn't disappointed! It starts with a great introduction to the Early Republic Period following the War for Independence, and a concise afterward from the period following the War of 1812 until 1861. The description of the War is very detailed and interestingly recounted. My only complaint was the lack of information of ...
  • Nikademus Cuellar
    Thorough, with considerable coverage of the precedent and legacy of the conflict. This early test of the Union strained early sectarianism while testing the nation's survival amidst the established world powers.
  • Glenn Hammer
    This was a good book but I removed a star for several writing errors.
  • Eric
  • Lorie
    I listened to this one. Very good narrative and time lines.
  • Gerry Connolly
    Union 1812 is A.J. Langguth's cogent history of America's second and troubled war of independence. Wonderful narrative and fascinating detail. The clearest US victory occurs after the war ended.
  • Casey
    An ok book but a better title would have been From Washington to Lincoln: A Time Period That Includes 1812.
  • Henry Kline
    A very good history of the early US, taking the main players up to our civil war.
  • Tom
    There is a fundamental flaw with Langguth's effort: He does not tell the story that his title advertises. Union 1812: The Americans Who Fought the Second War of Independence is only tangentially about the Americans who fought against the British from 1812 until peace in 1815. Rather, the book is a long treatise on America's first 30 or so years in existence and the personalities which dominated early American politics. There are lengthy sections ...
  • Scott Martin
    (Audiobook). Decided to listen to this audiobook as part of an early American history kick (the War of 1812 was 200 years ago from this date (1812-1815)). While it provided some key overviews on the major players in the actual war (John Quincy Adams, James Madison, Andrew Jackson, military commanders, etc); it also sought to look at the lives of those who set in motion the events that led to that war, especially the previous three presidents (Was...
  • Seth McGaw
    Certainly one of the most briskly-paced and enthralling pieces of coverage of a war that I've yet read (in the realm of historical-non-fiction, that is) and at the same time I found myself wondering how such an obviously intelligent historian/prose writer managed to make it through the process of compiling the facts of the 1812 war without being driven mad by the undeniable fact of the sheer stupidity and ineptitude with which the majority of the...
  • Robert Tessmer
    This review is from the following website written by "The Jacksonian Lawyer":http://jacksonianlawyer.wordpress.com...I found this book to be somewhat problematic, jumbled and a little disappointing for a variety of reasons.Mr. Langguth first addresses the climate preceding this war, while providing insight into the significant events that transpired before it as well (e.g., Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Napoleonic Wars, etc.) – all ...
  • Debra Davis
    A bit ponderous, the author chose to start with the Articles of Confederation and the Constitutional Convention. He then moved on to the ponderous years of Adams and Jefferson and the constant in-fighting between the Federalists and Republicans. I learned quite a bit about the war along the Canadian border, but when it came to the real victories at sea, won by the trepidation and courage of the privateers and the U.S. Navy, he only mentioned them...
  • Bob Price
    The War of 1812 may be the most overlooked war in American history, but that doesn't diminish it's importance to American history. Union 1812 describes the years before, during and after the war by focusing on personalities (much like a GRR Martin novel, only history). This style of writing helped A.J. Langguth write his better known Patriots. This style of writing helps the history flow very naturally and like a running narrative. The draw back ...
  • Robert Flaxman
    A fairly breezy read considering its length, Union 1812 smartly makes heavy use of primary sources, including correspondence exchanged by key political figures of the time, to tell the story of an often misunderstood and misrepresented war in a way that brings mythical figures of the post-Revolutionary era to life and illuminates their humanity. Quite a substantial chunk of time is dedicated to the period between 1783 and 1812, but with the War o...
  • Bill Wallace
    It's a cliche to say "this is history that reads like a good novel," but this book is, in fact, history that reads like a good novel. Langguth is a master of entertaining history with a relentless eye for the strange corners of our national story. I knew a fair amount about the War of 1812 (facts like the British don't even have a common name for the war so trivial was it beside the Napoleonic conflict), but the version I knew was much different ...
  • Chris
    Put briefly, this is a great introduction to the War of 1812, but will fail to completely satisfy someone looking for a very in-depth and scholarly work. I would recommend Union 1812 to anyone not very familiar with the war of 1812 or anyone looking for a good refresher on the subject, as I was. It spends more time than I thought was necessary on pre-war crises, even those that were not direct links to the war or its causes but only tangentilly r...
  • Christy Tuohey
    I tried. I really did. I picked this book up over and over again, hoping it would take me deeper into the story of 1812, which I am very interested in learning about. The fact that I clicked the "read" button on this one does not tell the whole truth. I stopped reading after several chapters.Don't get me wrong. I have caught the "Hamilton" Broadway fever and love a good George Washington story, but I just couldn't engage in this book. Maybe it's ...
  • Devon
    I didn't really know much about the War of 1812 other than passing mention in my school textbooks, and I picked up this book because I had a feeling that there were some dramatic stories of American history that I was missing out on. I was certainly right, and A. J. Langguth is just the kind of writer that a history nut would want. In this book the battles and political struggles come alive in vivid detail. You feel as if Langguth somehow was abl...
  • Alan
    The War of 1812 is an interesting story, and one that often gets overlooked as less important than the preceding War for Independence. The idea that it was a war necessary to truly establish the US as an independent nation (as indicated by the subtitle) may be a bit of an exaggeration, but it was a more important event than most people realize. The book does a good job of tying the events here with those of the revolution. I like how the author, ...
  • Jeff
    I finished this book last night. I had no idea just how perilous the situation was in 1812 and how the balance of power on the North American continent was in question and no way assured for America.It was big book with thick layers of information about the politics of the war and less about the battles. I have a new respect for James Madison he had a very difficult road to travel but in the end... he made the right decisions to help preserve the...
  • Josh Liller
    Got this as a Christmas gift.It wasn't quite what I expected: less biographical than I expected, many of the chapters are less focused on the people who's names they bear than one would expected, and some notable persons go unmentioned (David Dixon Porter in particular comes to mind).That said, the author writes well, it gives a more in-depth and sympathetic portrayal of William Hull, and I really enjoyed the early parts of the book about the tim...