"If our first struggle was that of our infancy, this last was that of our youth; and the issue of both, wisely improved, may long postpone if not forever prevent a necessity for exerting the strength of our manhood.".......James Madison


"In 1812: The Navy's War, prizewinning historian George C Daughan tells the thrilling story of how a handful of heroic captains and their stalwart crews overcame spectacular odds to lead the country to victory against the world's greatest imperial power. A stunning contribution to military and national history, "1812: The Navy's War" is the first complete account in more than a century of how the U.S. Navy rescued the fledgling nation and secured America's future. " ...... Perseus Books.

Oct 22, 2015

Crew of the U.S.S. Constitution reading the Navy's professional reading list recently.

Apr 30, 2013

Cumberland Maine

Thursday May 2, 2013 I'll be speaking about The War of 1812 at the Prince Memorial Library in Cumberland, Maine. The talk will begin at 6:30 with lots of time for Q & A. The library is at 266 Main St. in Cumberland. Hope to see you there.

Dec 3, 2012

The Navy Reading List

The Navy Reading Program posted this picture. The staff at the NEX Southeast Distribution Center in Pensacola are giving Santa's Elves a run for their money. They are now picking and packing the CNO's  Navy Reading List  Books into 1200 kits for 450 Commands around the word. They should "hit the decks" sometime in December. The photo shows one of the"Essential" catogory books: George C. Daughan's "1812:The Navy's War".

Oct 24, 2012

The Navy Reading List

It's official, The Navy Reading List for 2012 has been published, and 1812: The Navy's War is at the top of the list. Every few years the CNO publishes this list of essential reading for Navy personel and it is a great honor to have 1812: The Navy's War included. For more information about the Navy Reading List go to www.navyreading.navy.mil/

Oct 17, 2012

Maine Historical Society Talk

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 I'll be speaking at the Maine Historical Society at noon in the lecture hall at 489 Congress St, Portland. I hope many area friends who have not been able to attend a lecture elsewhere will be able to come to this event. A book signing will follow the talk.

Aug 25, 2012

Plattsburgh, N.Y.

On Sunday, September 2, I'll be speaking at the War of 1812 Museum in Plattsburgh, NY, during the Commemorative Weekend sponsored by the Battle of Plattsburgh Association. There are many events over that weekend commemorating the Battle of Plattsburgh (also known as the Battle of Lake Champlain), which occurred on Sept 11, 1814. I hope many of you will attend. My talk will be on Sunday at 6:30.

Aug 17, 2012

C SPAN Book TV, Sunday August 19, 2012, 6 PM

Sunday, August 19, 2012 is the 200th anniversary of the historic sea battle between the USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere. In commemoration of this occasion CSPAN Book TV will be re- broadcasting a talk I gave in 2008 about my previous book, If By Sea: The Forging of the American Navy From the Revolution to the War of 1812. The cover of If By Sea depicts the victory of Old Ironsides in this momentous struggle. Both If By Sea and my latest book, 1812:The Navy's War discuss the importance of the encounter in American history. The broadcast will be at 6:00 P.M.

Aug 7, 2012

Damariscotta, Maine, Saturday August 11

Photo courtesy of the Portsmouth (N.H.) Athenaeum.

This week I'll be at the Maine Coast Bookstore in Damariscotta, Maine. On Saturday, August 11, David Hanna and I will be discussing our books and the War of 1812 from 11-1. Should be quite interesting. Hope you can attend. We'll be answering any questions you may have.

Jul 10, 2012

Boothbay (Maine) Book Fair

On Saturday, July 14 I'll be participating in the Boothbay (Maine) Book Fair along with 40 other Maine authors. We will all be greeting and talking with interested folks and signing books that will be made available by Sherman's Bookstore (Boothbay Harbor).The event runs from 11:30 to 3:30 at the Railway Museum on Rt 27 in Boothbay. I will also be speaking and answering questions from 3:00 to 3:30 in the chapel building at the museum. If you happen to be in the area I hope you will stop by to enjoy this literary opportunity.

Jul 5, 2012

WCSH Portland, Me interview

On this Saturday, July 7 I'll be on the WCSH Morning Report talking with Jackie Ward about the importance of the War of 1812 and why we are celebrating the bicentennial of that war this year. If you live in the viewing area I hope you'll tune in. You may learn something you did not know before.