1812 (Atheneum, 1985)

1812: The War Nobody Won

Albert Marrin

This struggle, though one of the least known in American history, is full of memorable scenes and exciting battles on land and sea. It is the time of the writing of the “The Star Spangled Banner,” and the time Captain Lawrence’s last words in a sea battle against the British, “Don’t give up the ship,” became the rallying cry on Lake Erie and of the navy ever since. In the end, though no territory was gained by either the United States or Britain, the war proved to the British that the American Revolution was no mistake—the U. S. was—and would remain—an independent country.



Marrin’s lively, readable history of the War of 1812 supplies not only the names, dates, and facts students need for their assignments, but also a variety of intriguing details, vignettes, and anecdotes that bring the participants to life.


The author succeeds in making clear and even memorable the preliminary skirmishes and major battles... Illuminated with a wealth of small but indelible detail... an entirely satisfactory book which will be of particular interest to American history buffs.

—The Horn Book Magazine