Saturday, July 17, 2010

BOTW - Book of the Week Review

 As promised, every Saturday, I review the book that I recommended the previous Sunday to read. This weeks pick was Don't Give Up the Ship!: Myths of the War of 1812.

This book was not originally what I thought it was, yet it still satisfied me non the less. As one who is just starting his historical journey into the War of 1812, I needed not so much a topical reference of the war - which this turned into - as opposed to a chronological reference. Thus, for any student of the War of 1812, this would be a fantastic book!! But for anyone, such as myself, who knows very little about the War, it necessitates some prior reading.

Just one example of my confusion. The British controlled a very significant fort called Prairie Du Chien...located in what is present day Wisconsin. Yet this particular book assumed that you knew where Prairie Du Chein was located. Thus, because most of the war took place in what is today Ontario, I assumed that this important War of 1812 site was in that province. Imagine my surprise when I discovered otherwise!!!

Other than these few chronological and location based mishaps that anyone with an understanding of the War of 1812 would not have, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Hickey writes in a very conversational manner and with prose that is both interesting as well as to the level of the average reader. He delves into the causes of the War, the Military confrontations of the War, the mechanics of the war - such as rifles, cannons, etc. -, as well as many other important little known facts. Thus, I give this book an 8 of 10, an 8, because for the average reader with no War of 1812 background, it is sorely lacking in the context department.

Stay tuned to the blog tomorrow for next weeks Book of the Week(BOTW)!!!

Don't Give Up the Ship!: Myths of the War of 1812

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