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    DescriptionIn the summer of 1812 Britain stood alone, fighting for her very survival against a vast European Empire. Only the Royal Navy stood between Napoleon's legions and ultimate victory. In that dark hour America saw its chance to challenge British dominance: her troops invaded Canada and American frigates attacked British merchant shipping, the lifeblood of British defence. War polarised America. The south and west wanted land, the north wanted peace and trade. But America had to choose between the oceans and the continent. Within weeks the land invasion had stalled, but American warships and privateers did rather better, and astonished the world by besting the Royal Navy in a series of battles. Then 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 history's greatest frigate battle, when HMS Shannon captured the USS Chesapeake in thirteen blood-soaked minutes. Broke's victory secured British control of the Atlantic, and within a year Washington, D.C. had been taken and burnt by British troops.


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    Title
    The Challenge
    Subtitle
    Britain Against America in the Naval War of 1812
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Andrew D. Lambert
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 560
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 440 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780571273201
    ISBN 10: 0571273203
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK, HBW
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027150
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB, 3JH, 1DBK
    DC23: 973.525
    Thema V1.0: NHW, NHD, NHK
    Publisher
    FABER & FABER
    Imprint name
    FABER & FABER
    Publication date
    04 April 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Andrew Lambert is Professor of Naval History at King's College, London. His books include Nelson: Britannia's God of War, Admirals: The Naval Commanders Who Made Britain Great and Franklin: Tragic Hero of Polar Exploration. His highly successful history of the British Navy, War at Sea, was broadcast on Channel 5.