Thursday, November 25, 2010

Victorious underdogs

I have just posted over at the "News and Reviews" section of my author website my article that appeared in MHQ on America's against-all-odds struggle in the naval War of 1812.

The article is a brief introduction to the themes and some of the key personalities (especially Secretary of the Navy William Jones, a man truly ahead of his time) that feature in my soon-to-be-released book Perilous Fight.

The War of 1812 was the strangest war in American history, one that deeply divided the nation, one that  in the words of Virginia's John Taylor was almost "a metaphysical war, a war not for conquest, not for defense, not for sport, but rather a war for honour, like that of the Greeks against Troy." But it offers some fascinating and remarkable lessons, not least how America one played the nimble David in a David-and-Goliath struggle against a far mightier military foe: what we'd call "asymmetric warfare" today. As a country more used to being caught in the role of the muscle-bound Goliath in more recent conflicts, it's an inspiring and still-relevant tale.

And you can read the Publishers Weekly review of my book here.