Perilous Fight: 4 of 4: Kindle Edition by Stephen Budiansky (Author)

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Photo:Constitution escapes the British squadron.

Anton Otto Fischer (1882–1962) - U.S. Naval Historical Center. Record number NH 85542-KN.

Painting depicting the boats of USS Constitution towing her in a calm, while she was being pursued by a squadron of British warships, 18 July 1812.

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Perilous Fight: 4 of 4:  Kindle Edition by Stephen Budiansky (Author)

In Perilous Fight, Stephen Budiansky tells the rousing story of the U.S. Navy during the War of 1812, when an upstart American fleet fought off the legendary Royal Navy and established America as a world power for the first time.

Through vivid re-creations of riveting and dramatic encounters at sea, Budiansky shows how this underdog coterie of seamen and their visionary secretary of the navy combined bravery and strategic brilliance to defeat the British, who had dominated the seas for more than two centuries. A gripping and essential hsitory, this is the military and political story of how the U.S. Navy became a permanent and essential part of the nation’s defense.