"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.

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.

Jun 16, 2012

Maine Events in Yarmouth, Rockland and Bath

With the Captain of the USS Constitution

This is an exciting week for those who have been preparing for the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Monday, June 18 is the 200th anniversary of the signing of the declaration of war and the planned commemorations all over the country will begin and continue until 2015.  I have a busy week planned with 3 talks that are open to the public. I hope you can attend one of them.

Monday at 7PM I'll be speaking at the Yarmouth Historical Society.
Thursday at 6:30 PM I'll be speaking at the Rockland Historical Society (at the library)
Saturday at 6:00 PM I'll be speaking at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath

Click on this link for details on these events: www.georgedaughanevents.blogspot.com

Jun 10, 2012

Massachusetts Events

An exciting day at the Constitution

I have a couple of very busy weeks coming up. I'm off to Massachusetts again, this time to speak at the Winslow House in Marshfield on Tuesday morning, and then on to Falmouth (Mass) to speak at the historical society Wednesday night. I'll be back in Maine Friday to speak at the Rotary Club in Portland. For more information about these events please click on the speaking schedule link over in the righthand side bar. If you live in any of these areas I hope to meet you.

Many Maine events the following week. Check the schedule and I'll post more about those at the end of the week.

May 6, 2012

Scarborough, Maine and Charlestown, Mass

I'll be speaking and signing books in Scarborough, Maine this week on Wednesday night (6:30) at the Scarborough Public Library. If you missed the talk at the Portland Library this is another chance for Maine friends to catch the talk about "1812:The Navy's War".

On Thursday night at 7:00 I'll be speaking and signing books at the Charlestown, Mass branch of the Boston Public Library. That's in Charlestown, Mass - home to the Constitution.

For more information on these events click here

May 4, 2012

A gold medal and more

Booksigning at Book Passage, Corte Madera, California

This has been an exciting week. On Tuesday "1812" was selected as one of the top 20 "Notable Naval Books of 2011" by Proceedings Magaazine. Also on Tuesday "1812" was chosen as the gold medal winner in the U.S. History catagory by the Independent Publisher Book Awards. The medal will be awarded in New York on June 4th. I am honored to have received these 2 important recognitions for "1812:The Navy's War". There have also been several nice reviews published this week in a variety of magazines. Click on the page for reviews over in the right hand side bar to see some of them.

Apr 22, 2012

Californa Events this week

This week I have 2 events in California. Monday, April 23 I'll be speaking at 7PM at Books, Inc in Berkley and on Friday evening I'll be speaking at 7PM at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Looking forward to see some friends who live in the area.

Apr 8, 2012

Camden, Maine Event

                               A full house at Marblehead Historical Society last week.

Join me this week in Camden, Maine at the Camden library for a discussion about the War of 1812 and a booksigning. The event takes place on Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 in the library. If you live in the area I hope to see you there.

Apr 1, 2012

This week: Marblehead, Mass.

After a 5 week road trip I'm back in New England. This week I'll be speaking at the Marblehead Museum (Mass) Historical Society. We will meet in Abbot Hall in Marblehead at 7 on Thursday, April 5, for a talk and booksigning. If you're in the area I hope you can attend.

Mar 5, 2012

The George Pendleton Prize and Florida events

A full house at the Newport News Maritime Museum
"1812: The Navy's War" has received the 2012 George Pendleton Prize for an outstanding book.The award will be presented at the 2012 SHFG awards luncheon on March 21, 2012. What a great honor to be selected.
The events in the mid-Atlantic last week were very exciting. As you can see from the photo we had a full house at all events and met many wonderful people. Now on to some events in Florida. I'll be speaking in Sanibel, Tampa and St Petersburg. You can get the details by clicking on the events link over on the righthand side bar.

Feb 25, 2012

Virginia, Washington, DC, and Annapolis

This week I will be busy speaking in Virginia, Washington, DC and Annapolis, Md.
Monday, Feb 27 I'll be speaking at the Mariners' Museum at 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, Va at 7PM for their evening lecture series.
Thursday, March 1 I'll be at the United States Navy Memorial at noon for their Authors on Deck Series. This talk is in the Presidents Room at the Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave N.W. in Washington, DC.
Thursday March 1, at 7 PM I'll be at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second St, Annapolis, Md. for their Winter Seminar Series.
All of these programs are open to the public.

Feb 21, 2012

The Audies

"1812: The Navy's War" has been selected as a finalist by the Audio Publishers Association for their 2012 Audie Awards competition in the history catagory. "This is the only awards program in the United States devoted entirely to honoring spoken word entertainment. Winners will be announced at the Audies Gala on June 5, 2012, at the New-York Historical society in New York". This competition is known as the "Oscars" of Audio Books. I am honored that "1812" has been nominated for this award.

Feb 17, 2012

Portland (Maine) Public Library

The Constitution in action
On Wednesday, February 22 at noon I'll be speaking at the Brown Bag Lecture Series at the Portland Public Library in Portland, Maine. I'll be speaking and answering your questions about the War of 1812 at the Congress St Location. Many of you have already read the book so come prepared with your questions and your book if you would like to have it autographed. If you haven't read the book yet Longfellow Books will be there with copies to purchase.

Feb 7, 2012

Portsmouth (N.H.) Athenaeum

USS United States vs HMS Macedonia, photo courtesy of the Portsmouth Athenaeum
On Wednesday, February 15 I'll be speaking at the Portsmouth Athenaeum to launch their 2012 program series "Remembering the War of 1812". The event is at 7PM in the Athenaeum Research Library at 9 Market Square in Portsmouth, N.H. This program is open to the public and is $10.00 for non members of the Athenaeum. Become a friend of the Athenaeum and this and all the program events will be free. For more information or to make a reservation call 603-431-2538.

Jan 31, 2012

The Naval War College Museum and Bank Square Books

On Thursday, February 9, I'll be speaking at the Naval War College for their Eight Bells Lecture Series. The event takes place at noon at the museum in Newport, R.I.. All are welcome. Call the museum at 401-841-2101 for reservations.

On Friday, February 10, I'll be speaking at a luncheon event at the Bank Square Bookstore in Mystic, Conn. This event requires a reservation for the lunch. Call the bookstore for more information.

Jan 26, 2012

Watch the CSPAN video for "1812:The Navy's War"

CSPAN BookTV taped my talk about "1812:The Navy's War" that I gave at the Water Street Bookstore in November. You can watch it by clicking on this link:http://www.booktv.org/search.aspx?For=georgedaughan Then click on the watch button. You can also find the video on youtube by searching for George Daughan on CSPAN videos.

Jan 22, 2012

Brown University

I'll be speaking at the Brown University Fellow's Luncheon on Wednesday January 25. This is the first of my talks about "1812:The Navy's War" for the bicentennial year 2012. Check the events page(link over on the righthand sidebar) to see other places where I'll be speaking, I may be coming to a place near you.

Jan 21, 2012

"1812: The Navy's War" on CSPAN BookTV- Tonight

For those on the West Coast the time is tonight at 10:30 PM. East Coast you'll have to tape it or stay up really late - 1:30AM. In between it's your choice. This runs 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Jan 19, 2012


CSPAN (BookTV) will air my talk about "1812: The Navy's War" this weekend. Air times are 8:00 AM Sat, Jan 21st and 1:30AM Sunday, Jan 22, Eastern Standard Time on CSPAN BookTV

Jan 12, 2012

New Reviews

There are a couple of new reviews that have just come out for "1812: The Navy's War". Check out the review pages at www.georgedaughan1812reviews.blogspot.com.