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I never questioned the Chesapeake-Leopard affair. I mean, doesn't everyone know that Commodore Barron behaved disgracefully, so much so that he was suspended from the Navy for five years? That it was his longing for revenge that led to the Barron-Decatur duel? And he killed Decatur! What could James Barron be, except a black-hat villain?

Maybe a bit of a political scapegoat, actually.

Like most history, the Chesapeake-Leopard affair isn't black and white. INJURED HONOR examines the relations between the US and Britain leading up to the (one-sided) combat in 1807, details the fighting, then walks the reader through the inquiry and court martial proceedings, in all their political, nepotistic glory. (Because really, nothing ever changes, does it?)

There are two authors: Tucker, who is an expert in naval history, and Reuter, who is an expert in diplomatic history. This is the book's greatest strength, for it's very well-rounded, covering diplomatic nuances and how they related to the incident and broader geo-political ramifications—but also its greatest weakness, due to redundancies from chapter to chapter and uneven writing.

I hate to nitpick (that's a lie: I enjoy it), but there were cringe inducing copy editing misses (e.g., "he could care less" instead of "he couldn't care less," and flubbed punctuation, like missed parens). I get annoyed at footnotes that do not specify which part of the paragraph the cited sources refer to when they're all part of the same note. These and the redundancies (I am merciless about having my time wasted), knock it down a star.

That aside, it's one of the most engaging books about naval history out there, and while these events aren't exactly a shining moment in American history, the level of detail here brings the early 19th century navy alive. It's really worth your time to track down and read.


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  • Publisher:US Naval Institute Press
  • File: 3.5 Mb
  • Ganre: History
  • Release: 02.04.1996
  • ISBN: 9781557508249
  • Pages 268
  • Rating: 4 (2 votes)

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