NY: Harper Collins, 2004. 1st Edition. Hardcover_boards. 6.4"x9.25" 349 indexed pages. First printing w/#1. Black boards w/gold foil letters on spine. DJ by Will Staehle. Jacket painting: The Battle of New Orleands. Author photo by Marlene M. Whyte. Book design by Nancy B. Field. Maps by Eric Janota. AF paper. Spine straight, binding tight, pages clean and bright. Not x-library, unclipped, & unmarke. Minimal shelf wear. Collectible - Fine / Near Fine. Item #13853
In June 1812 the still-infant United States had the audacity to declare war on the British Empire. Fought between creaking sailing ships and armies often led by bumbling generals, the ensuing conflict featured a tit-for-tat "You burned our capital, so we'll burn yours" and a legendary battle unknowingly fought after the signing of a peace treaty.
During the course of the war, the young American navy proved its mettle as the USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides," sent two first-rate British frigates to the bottom, and a twenty-seven-year-old lieutenant named Oliver Hazard Perry hoisted a flag exhorting, "Don't Give Up the Ship," and chased the British from Lake Erie. By 1814, however, the United States was no longer fighting for free trade, sailors' rights, and as much of Canada a...Source: Publisher.