"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.

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.