Mr. and Mrs. Madison's War: America's First Couple and the War of 1812 (Paperback)
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Now marking its bicentennial, the War of 1812 remains the least understood of America's wars. Neither side gained a clear triumph, but in truth it was our second war of independence, settling once and for all that America would never again submit to Britain. It featured humiliating disasters-Washington was attacked, the White House burned-and stirring successes, like the Battle of Lake Erie, one of the greatest naval victory in American history. Here Hugh Howard, acclaimed for his vivid historical narratives, brings a forgotten conflict alive, and offers a vivid portrait of two key figures at its center, President James Madison and his charismatic, courageous first lady Dolley.
About the Author
Hugh Howard's numerous books include The Painter's Chair: George Washington and the Making of American Art; Dr. Kimball and Mr. Jefferson; the definitive Thomas Jefferson: Architect; his memoir House-Dreams; and the classic Houses of the Founding Fathers. He resides in upstate New York.
â€śHoward's descriptions, e.g., of the burning of Washington, are superb, as is his use of primary sources throughout. Highly recommended to all readers on this war's bicentennial.â€ť â€”Library Journal
â€śAn entertaining look at the forgotten war.â€ť â€”Military History Quarterly
â€śIt is as a work of military history the book excels. Howard's recountings of the naval battles are especially vividâ€¦A worthy look at a rite of passage making the nascent United States into a nation that, although far from a world power, would be here to stay.â€ť â€”Minneapolis Star-Tribune