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“An entertaining look at the forgotten war, the burning of Washington, and the fourth president's none-too-effective efforts to command the military.”—Military History Quarterly
“Mr. and Mrs. Madison's War has a wonderful visual quality that allowed me to feel I was standing on the deck the HMS Confiance as Captain Downie was struck by a canon barrel and mingling with members of congress at one of Dolley Madison's Wednesday gatherings.”—Patricia O’Sullivan, Historical Novel Society
“Hugh Howard's engaging and energetic Mr. and Mrs. Madison's War … is 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.”—Casey Common, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
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.
I really enjoyed this quick read about a mostly ignored era of history.Published 9 months ago by Shirley Wittenbrock
Lasting three years, the War of 1812 needs a better name. In its time "Mr. Madison's War" was a name of scorn. Read morePublished on October 19, 2012 by Loves the View