Author George Daughan will return to Camden Public Library to present his new book, “The Shining Sea: David Porter and the Epic Voyage of the USS Essex During the War of 1812,” Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. Daughan gave a masterful talk on the history of the War of 1812 last year, and is back to the library’s Discover History Month. Sherman’s Books will make books available at the talk.

“No one,” said the historian, “was better trained or more motivated to fight the War of 1812 than Captain David Porter. His whole life had been a preparation for this great trial.”

In his book, Daughan describes how Porter’s bold exploits and triumphant feats helped lend legitimacy to the burgeoning American navy, and the country as a whole. However, Porter’s hubris was his greatest enemy and his outsized ambition and excessive pride kept him from achieving the truly great fame he sought.

An independent historian who has been researching the early history of the American navy for more than 15 years, Daughan, who lives in Portland, offers a cautionary tale for any leader who would put personal glory ahead of their cause and countrymen.

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