Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies

Version: Unabridged
Author: Alan Taylor
Narrator: Andrew Garman
Genres: History, Americas
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: November 2010
# of Units: 18 CDs
Length: 20 hours, 45 minutes
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Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor tells the riveting story of a war that redefined North America. In a world of double identities, slippery allegiances, and porous borders, the leaders of the American Republic and the British Empire struggled to control their own diverse peoples. Taylor's vivid narrative of an often brutal- sometimes farcical-war reveals much about the tangled origins of the United States and Canada.

Reviews (2)

The Civil War of 1812

Written by chuck from Westlake Village, CA on December 17th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book with a point of view not heard before, with the ring of truth that shatters many American legends. All war is civil war, said Carl Jung, because was is an outward projection of our inner battles. Citizens of countries who won their "freedom" in the wake of American revolutionary spirit seem to be willing to exchange those freedoms for perceived safety. As this book shows, its always been that way.

Brilliant, fascinating and eye-opening

Written by JudyBG on July 1st, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This extremely well-written book opens a chapter of American history probably known to few, and to no one in such depth. For Canadians, this book will help elucidate how we became a separate people; for Americans, it will help you to see your own history with fresh eyes. The author is American, and he is not a Canadian patriot, but he does illuminate how and why the American invasion of Canada, which many thought would bring Canada to the US as a part of her manifest destiny, failed so miserably. You do not know this story. Trust me on this.

Author Details

Author Details

Taylor, Alan

Alan Taylor has won the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes for his histories of early America. He is the Thomas Jefferson Professor of History at the University of Virginia.