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LAMBERT, ANDREW - The Challenge  Britain Against America in the Naval War of 1812

Title: The Challenge Britain Against America in the Naval War of 1812
Description: Faber and Faber Ltd., London, 2012. Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine title; 538pp., with maps, 8pp. of colour plates, and many monochrome illustrations. Very minor wear. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. In 1812, Britain stood alone against the unified might of Europe under Napoleon Bonaparte. At this gruelling juncture, America took the opportunity to attack Britain, strategically forcing her to fight on two fronts, thus dividing her forces and focus. Rising to this challenge, Captain Philip Broke of the HMS Shannon, sallied forth and attacked the flagships of the American fleet, capturing the USS Chesapeake in only thirteen minutes of intense fighting. With the force of the American attack soundly broken, the British pressed the advantage, following the defeated US Navy back to its home soil and sacking Washington DC. In this recounting of events, Andrew Lambert re-evaluates the outcomes of this little-mentioned war and holds them forth for new assessment. US history talks at length about the bravery of the individuals involved in this ignominous defeat - and Lambert doesn't denigrate their valour at all; however, his assessment reveals the attack as what it was - a cowardly and calculated assault that got its instigators exactly what they deserved. Nothing.


Price: AUD 27.50 = appr. US$ 19.03 Seller: Lamdha Books
- Book number: 78885

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