America and the War of 1812 is a complete account of the war of 1812 in American history, with due attention to naval battles as well as land battles. It begins with the background of the war in interesting detail and covers the war itself for the majority of the book. Besides military events the book tells of the people and events of domestic matters, particularly in relation to the war. Military actions are clearly given. As befitting the first of a series on Lincoln and his times the book gives information on the Family, birth and childhood of Lincoln in the period with information on Kentucky and the frontier. The author's narrative tells the reasons for the war being a difficult one. Unlike any general book on the war it gives all of the pertinent naval actions. The book introduces Andrew Jackson and other commanders on land and sea and the Cherokees and other Indians. Details of victories and defeats and the taking of Washington are covered.