“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 7 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
Author Howard gives us a Washington insiders perspective about the War of 1812 using Dolley's letters and chronicling her actions in some crucial days when we seemed to be about to... Read morePublished on July 18, 2012 by Billy D. Higgins