Monroe had a point, writes Troy Bickham. In The Weight of Vengeance, Bickham provides a provocative new account of America's forgotten war, underscoring its significance for both sides by placing it in global context. The Napoleonic Wars profoundly disrupted the global order, from India to Haiti to New Orleans. Spain's power slipped, allowing the United States to target the Floridas; the Haitian slave revolt contributed to the Louisiana Purchase; fears that Britain would ally with Tecumseh and disrupt the American northwest led to a pre-emptive strike on his people in 1811. This shifting balance of power provided the United States with the opportunity to challenge Britain's dominance of the Atlantic world. And it was an important conflict for Britain as well. Powerful elements in the British Empire so feared the rise of its former colonies that the British government sought to use the War of 1812 to curtail America's increasing maritime power and its aggressive territorial expansion. And by late 1814, Britain had more men under arms in North America than it had in the Peninsular War against Napoleon, with the war with America costing about as much as its huge subsidies to European allies.
Troy Bickham has given us an authoritative, lucidly written global account that transforms our understanding of this pivotal war.
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By Amazon Customer on 26-09-13
Annoyingly political and one-sided
What would have made The Weight of Vengeance better?
Balance would have been nice. It seemed about as neutral as an evening of Fox and Friends would be. After listening to quote after quote from the British side bashing the US, I had to stop listening.
How could the performance have been better?
The reader was fairly dull.
Any additional comments?
98% of the book was political. And when they talked about battles, it was either British superiority that won a battle for Britain, or some bad general of the British side that lost them a battle.