Mr. and Mrs. Madison's War: America's First Couple and the War of 1812 (Paperback)

Mr. and Mrs. Madison's War: America's First Couple and the War of 1812 By Hugh Howard Cover Image
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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.

Praise For…

“Howard'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.” —Library Journal

“An entertaining look at the forgotten war.” —Military History Quarterly

“It is as a work of military history the book excels. Howard's recountings of the naval battles are especially vivid…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.” —Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Product Details
ISBN: 9781608193936
ISBN-10: 1608193934
Publisher: Bloomsbury Press
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Pages: 384
Language: English