The Privateering Stroke: Salems Privateers in the War of 1812 PB – Historic Naval Fiction

Author Capt. Michael H. Rutstein has a new book, The Privateering Stroke: Salems Privateers in the War of 1812 , which has been released today, 25 March 2012, in the US in Paperback. It will not be available in other countries and must be purchased through US vendors.High school and even college textbooks oversimplify the War of 1812 – when they dont ignore it completely. Popular histories emphasize the military as opposed to the economic and political aspects of the war. The U.S. Navys role has been written about ad nauseum. Meanwhile, we are still waiting for a definitive work on the equally important contributions of American privateers.While the Navys outstanding performance in single-ship engagements remains a source of national pride, those victories did not change the course of the war one iota. Had Constitution defeated a dozen British frigates, the thousand-ship Royal Navy would still have blockaded our coasts, strangled our commerce, bottled up our warships, and hunted down those that escaped. Even her former commander, Tyrone Martin, conceded that Constitutions victories were “no more than pin pricks” that “had no direct effect on the course of the war.”

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