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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2019 12:16 p.m. PST

Of possible interest?


Hope you enjoy!.


Glengarry514 Aug 2019 1:21 p.m. PST

This is a selection of mostly War of 1812 books for and by Americans. There are a couple books form the British point of view but none from the Canadian such as the series of books by Robert Graves: "Where Right and Glory Lead!" The Battle of Lundy's Lane, 1814, "Redcoats and Grey Jackets": The Battle of Chippawa, 1814, "Field of Glory": The Battle of Crysler's Farm, 1813, "And All Their Glory Past": Fort Erie, Plattsburgh and the Last Battles in the North. What about Robert Malcomson A Very Brilliant Affair: The Battle of Queenston Heights, 1812?That said I would say anything by American author Alan Taylor is worth reading.

Ranger1275 Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2019 6:54 p.m. PST

Two really great reads on the War of 1812 are by Pierre Breton. " Flames Across the Border " and " The Invasion of Canada "

Ranger1275 Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2019 8:14 p.m. PST

Oops. I knew I was gonna misspell something. The author I meant to name was Pierre Berton.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2019 8:35 a.m. PST

Donald Graves is the author of the excellent books on Lundy's Lane, Chippawa, Fort Erie and others.

Robert Malcomson's material is also excellent. And Berton will do.

And another excellent volume is John Elting's Amateure, To Arms.

Robert Quimby's two-volume study of the US Army in the War of 1812 is a must-read: The US Army in the War of 1812: An Operational and Command Study.

PanMark15 Aug 2019 9:07 a.m. PST

I also want to add a few books to this list:
JM Hitsman, "The Incredible War of 1812" – best single volume history of the war IMHO.
Robert Malcolmson, "Lords of the Lake" – a brilliant account of naval operations on Lake Ontario.
G.F.G. Stanley, "The War of 1812 Land Operations" focuses on the northern frontier with Canada.
I also own a copy of Richardson's "War of 1812" – a primary account by an officer who fought in several engagements from the outbreak of the war until the destruction of his detachment of the 41st Reg of Foot at Moariantown in Oct 1813.
It is a fun read!

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2019 11:36 a.m. PST

Mark Zeuhlke also has a good one


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2019 12:14 p.m. PST

Many thanks!.


Personal logo Silurian Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2019 7:16 p.m. PST

Another recommendation for Pierre Breton.

In my opinion, the best history of the war. A detailed and gripping read.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Aug 2019 11:41 a.m. PST

Thanks also!.


KSmyth17 Aug 2019 7:08 a.m. PST

Richard Barbuto's book Niagara "1814: America Invades Canada" is first rate. Anthony Pitch's book "The Burning of Washington" is a good book on the Cheseapeake Campaign. Donald Shomette's "Flotilla" on the Chesapeake naval campaign is also very good.

I also recommend any of Donald Grave's books on the battles of the War of 1812. The Osprey Campaign book on the Chesapeake is pretty good too.

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