The Challenge: Britain Against America in the Naval War of 1812 by Andrew Lambert

The Challenge: Britain Against America in the Naval War of 1812 by Andrew Lambert newly listed for sale on the fantastic BookLovers of Bath web site!Faber & Faber, 2012, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Diagrams; Maps;

From the cover: In the summer of 1812 Britain stood alone, fighting for her very survival against a vast European Empire. Only the Royal Navy stood between Napoleons legions and ultimate victory. In that dark hour America saw its chance to challenge British dominance. In three titanic single-ship actions, the challenge was decisively met.

British frigates closed with the Chesapeake, the Essex and the President, flagship of American naval ambition. Both sides found new heroes but none could equal Captain Philip Broke, champion of historys greatest frigate battle, when HMS Shannon captured the USS Chesapeake in thirteen blood-soaked minutes. Brokes victory secured British control of the Atlantic, and within a year Washington, D. C. had been taken and burnt by British troops.

In examining these extraordinary battles, Andrew Lambert shows that the much mythologized War of 1812 was actually a disaster for the US and sparked some of Britains finest moments at sea. With his mastery of the subject and narrative brilliance, he throws new light on a war which until now has been little understood, detailing the gripping set-pieces with passion and expertise.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Light creasing to the foot of the upper panel. Small mark to the upper board otherwise a very well presented copy.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIV] 358 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I tempt with you something from here?

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