The Naval War of 1812: he History of the United States Navy During the Last War with Great Britain, to which is Appended an Account of the Battle of New Orleans, Part One (The Works of Theodore Roosevelt in Fourteen Volumes, Illustrated - Executive Edition, Volume 9)
New York: P.F. Collier & Son, 1882. Reissue. Hard Cover. Good / No Jacket. Item #2333057
Reissue, comprising part one of two only. Former library copy, usual marks. Some pages dog-eared.
334 pp. 8vo. Original navy blue cloth, gilt titles, blind-stamped boards, frontispiece of a ship on rough seas. Published when Theodore Roosevelt was only twenty-three years old, The Naval War of 1812 was immediately hailed as a literary and scholarly triumph, and it is still considered the definitive book on the subject. It caused considerable controversy for its bold refutation of earlier accounts of the war, but its brilliant analysis and balanced tone left critics floundering, changed the course of U.S. military history by renewing interest in our obsolete forces, and set the young author and political hopeful on a path to greatness. Roosevelt's inimitable style and robust narrative make The Naval War of 1812 enthralling, illuminating, and utterly essential to every armchair historian.