"Who needs a book on the War of 1812? It's sometimes called The Forgotten War, about which most libraries have enough material in encyclopedias and other U.S. history reference works. However, this volume is full of information not found in more general sources. Much of the text is accompanied by material taken directly from primary source documents (papers and letters), adding interest and context in an attractive and inviting typical UXL format. The author has written several other well-researched nonfiction titles.
Readable text and excellent illustrations (many maps and National Archives photos) make this useful for public and school library collections from upper elementary through high school. For the high-school level and up, Encyclopedia of the War of 1812 (ADC-CLIO, 1997) is a good choice."
-- Booklist (June 2002)