Ships of Oak, Guns of Iron

Ships of Oak, Guns of Iron

The War of 1812 and the Forging of the American Navy

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Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the naval history of the War of 1812 and the birth of the United States Navy, when a small American force stunningly defeated the powerful British Navy in a series of battles.

Perseus Publishing
The War of 1812 is typically noted for a handful of events: the burning of the White House, the rise of the Star Spangled Banner, and the battle of New Orleans. But in fact the greatest consequence of that distant conflict was the birth of the U.S. Navy. During the War of 1812, America’s tiny fleet took on the mightiest naval power on earth, besting the British in a string of victories that stunned both nations.

In his new book, Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron: The War of 1812 and the Birth of the American Navy, author Dr. Ronald Utt not only sheds new light on the naval battles of the War of 1812 and how they gave birth to our nation’s great navy, but tells the story of the War of 1812 through the portraits of famous American war heroes. From the cunning Stephen Decatur to the fierce David Porter, Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron relates how thousands of American men and boys gave better than they got against the British Navy. The great age of fighting sail is as rich in heroic drama as any epoch.

Dr. Utt’s Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron retrieves the American chapter of that epoch from unjustified obscurity, and offers readers an intriguing chronicle of the War of 1812 as well as a unique perspective on the birth of the U.S. Navy.

The War of 1812 is typically noted for a handful of events: the burning of the White House, the rise of the Star Spangled Banner, and the battle of New Orleans. But in fact the greatest consequence of that distant conflict was the birth of the U.S. Navy. During the War of 1812, America’s tiny fleet took on the mightiest naval power on earth, besting the British in a string of victories that stunned both nations.

In his new book, Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron: The War of 1812 and the Birth of the American Navy, author Dr. Ronald Utt not only sheds new light on the naval battles of the War of 1812 and how they gave birth to our nation’s great navy, but tells the story of the War of 1812 through the portraits of famous American war heroes. From the cunning Stephen Decatur to the fierce David Porter, Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron relates how thousands of American men and boys gave better than they got against the British Navy. The great age of fighting sail is as rich in heroic drama as any epoch.

Dr. Utt’s Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron retrieves the American chapter of that epoch from unjustified obscurity, and offers readers an intriguing chronicle of the War of 1812 as well as a unique perspective on the birth of the U.S. Navy.


Publisher: Washington, DC : Regnery History, c2012
ISBN: 9781621570028
1621570029
Branch Call Number: 973.525 Ut8s 2012
Characteristics: xxxv, 572 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 24 cm

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Jun 23, 2013

Ships of Oak, Guns of Iron: the War of 1812 and the Forging of the American Navy --- by Ronald D. Utt --- For Canadians, the War of 1812 is often seen as that war which forged Canada by trouncing those nasty Americans once and for all: it has become a touch-stone of Canadian identity that forever differentiates us from Americans. For Canadians, the War of 1812 was, seen in retrospect, a “big thing”. In the grand scheme of things, however, it was merely a side show of a much larger conflict among the European powers. Say the world “Napoleon”. Well written, at times seeming like a novel, this scholarly written book may well tax the patience of many a reader much as it did mine. 500 plus pages would be too long for anything but the most riveting of novels and this book isn’t riveting. Maybe by definition no history rivets. I got to page 360. Perhaps I’ll come back to read the rest of the book on the installment plan.

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