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Publishers Mark War of 1812 Bicentennial with Record Number of Books, says Bowker

Toronto News, (PR) July 20, 2012

June 18th marked the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, making books on the subject a growing trend, according to Bowkers Books In Print, a leading and reliable source of information on books and publishing metrics. One hundred thirteen books in print and e-book versions have been brought to market in 2012, a record amount for the conflict, which is often referred to as the forgotten war.

Bowker is the world’s leading provider of bibliographic information and management solutions designed to help publishers, booksellers, and libraries better serve their customers. Creators of products and services that make books easier for people to discover, evaluate, order, and experience, the company also generates research and resources for publishers, helping them understand and meet the interests of readers worldwide. Bowker, an affiliated business of ProQuest and the official ISBN Agency for the United States and its territories, is headquartered in New Providence, New Jersey with additional operations in England and Australia.

At a time when Europe was preoccupied with the Napoleonic Wars, the War of 1812 elicited less attention said Kelly Gallagher, Vice-President of Bowker Market Research. With fresh interest during the bicentennial, many publishers are supplying readers and researchers with both new and re-released titles, representing a variety of perspectives.

In the past 200 years, publication of titles related to the War of 1812 has been relatively modest the struggle having been eclipsed in American minds by the 1861-1865 U.S. Civil War. Now, Bowker has compiled a list of more than 994 books published about the war, including updated bicentennial editions of The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict by Donald R. Hickey, and The War of 1812: Conflict for a Continent by J.C.A. Stagg. This years output includes reprints of classics, such as The Naval War of 1812 by Theodore Roosevelt, first published in 1882 and recounting the exploits of the U.S.S. Constitution, to childrens nonfiction, including Francis Scott Keys Star-Spangled Banner by Monica Kulling.

The war had a major impact in Canada, where numerous battles were fought, and Canadian publishers have also marked this anniversary with titles including Fire Along the Frontier: Great Battles of the War of 1812 by Alastair Sweeny and juvenile fiction such as Acts of Courage: Laura Secord and the War of 1812 by Connie Brummel Crook, due out in July.

Bowker.com has posted a definitive list of books about the War of 1812. Visitors to the site can look inside works to learn about the role of Native Americans in the conflict, Americas small fleet taking on the Royal Navy, and warfare from the perspective of the foot soldier. Previews of works such as Fire along the Sky and Ruinous and Unhappy War: New England and the War of 1812 are courtesy of ebrary, a ProQuest business.

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