What did it take—logistically and operationally—for the small and underfunded US Navy to face the battle-hardened Royal Navy in the War of 1812? Find out in this book, the magnum opus of one of the deans of American naval history.
"One of the many pleasures of this book is the author's relationship with the men who lived two centuries ago. In his hands they seem human and immediate. He is rarely judgemental, often offering a range of possible reasons for decisions gone wrong. This is a volume centered in substantial part on bureaucracy, money, and materiel but is populated with compelling characters and inspiring heroes. This American story is a rich one and the writing absolutely engaging throughout. "
"Drs. William S. Dudley and J. Scott Harmon’s The Naval War of 1812 is a “Cadillac” on the “showroom floor” of War of 1812 writings. The print quality is truly superb. One must open the book to hear the static cling seal give way to the incredible prints of 1812 battles, artifacts, and portraits. The battle scenes are accompanied by remarkable line drawings by Helen Riegle, who masterfully shows ship locations, headings, and land topography."
CDR Dan Somma, USCG in Naval Historical Foundation Book Reviews, December 2013. (www.navyhistory.org)
C-Span Interview with William S. Dudley about Maritime Maryland.
"William Dudley's work makes a major contribution to the genre and deserves to be welcomed by students of both maritime history and current issues in cultural resource and environmental management. And it deserves an audience far beyond the state of Maryland."
- John A. Tilley, Nautical Research Journal
"Dudley successfully weaves the personal stories and antics.... into the larger context of Maryland's maritime past, providing the reader with colour and levity throughout."
- Claire P. Dappart, Illinois State Archeological Survey, University of Illinois, for The International Journal of Nautical Archeology