By Winston Groom
From the writer of Forrest Gump and A typhoon in Flanders comes a riveting chronicle of America's most crucial hour. On December 6, 1941, an unforeseen assault on American territory pulled an unprepared state right into a terrifying new model of struggle. Novelist and well known historian Winston Groom vividly re-creates the tale of America's first yr in global warfare II. To the iteration of usa citizens who lived via it, the second one international warfare was once the defining occasion of the 20 th century, and the defining occasions of that struggle have been performed out within the 12 months 1942.
This account covers the Allies' relentless defeats because the Axis overran such a lot of Europe, North Africa, and the some distance East. yet midyear the tide started to flip. the US eventually went at the offensive within the Pacific, and within the west the British defeated Rommel's panzer divisions at El Alamein whereas the U.S. military started to push the Germans out of North Africa. via the year's finish, the scent of victory was once within the air. 1942, advised with Groom's comprehensive storyteller's eye, permits us into the admirals' method rooms, onto the conflict fronts, and into the center of a country at struggle.
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11 Beall also met William Elliott, a former American officer from Maryland. A Federalist, Elliott had lost his commission in a Republican political purge in 1802. Disgusted with the republic, Elliott moved to Upper Canada, where he swore allegiance to the king, which secured him land and appointment as a captain in the militia. 12 In this North American civil war, brother fought brother in a borderland of mixed peoples. At Kingston, Le Couteur lodged with a Mrs. ’ ” Like so many on both sides, this Canadian thought of the war as continuing the revolutionary struggle between Loyalists and rebels.
The fighting especially divided the Shawnee and the Haudenosaunee nations. In the North American civil war of 1812, Americans fought Americans, Irish battled Irish, and Indians attacked one another. They struggled to extend, or to contain, the republicanism spawned by the American Revolution. HISTORIES The War of 1812 looms small in American memory, forgotten as insignificant because it apparently ended as a draw that changed no boundary and no policy. At best, Americans barely recall the war for a handful of patriotic episodes: for the resistance of Fort McHenry to British bombardment, which inspired the national anthem; for the victories of the warship dubbed “Old Ironsides”; for the British perfidy in burning the White House and the Capitol; and for the payback taken by Andrew Jackson’s Tennessee riflemen at the battle of New Orleans.
In the North American civil war of 1812, Americans fought Americans, Irish battled Irish, and Indians attacked one another. They struggled to extend, or to contain, the republicanism spawned by the American Revolution. HISTORIES The War of 1812 looms small in American memory, forgotten as insignificant because it apparently ended as a draw that changed no boundary and no policy. At best, Americans barely recall the war for a handful of patriotic episodes: for the resistance of Fort McHenry to British bombardment, which inspired the national anthem; for the victories of the warship dubbed “Old Ironsides”; for the British perfidy in burning the White House and the Capitol; and for the payback taken by Andrew Jackson’s Tennessee riflemen at the battle of New Orleans.