Mr. and Mrs. Madison's War and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $30.00
  • Save: $5.03 (17%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Mr. and Mrs. Madison's Wa... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Standard used condition. Thousands of books shipped daily!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Mr. and Mrs. Madison's War: America's First Couple and the Second War of Independence Hardcover – January 17, 2012


See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$24.97
$0.23 $0.01

The Francis Miracle by John L. Allen
The Francis Miracle by John L. Allen
Check out the newest book by John L. Allen. Learn more
$24.97 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Editorial Reviews

Review

"An engrossing narrative history of a conflict that few today know much about."—BookPage.com

“Interesting, informative”—Booklist
 
“Howard’s book makes no effort to be a comprehensive account of the war. Instead, he tends to select particular moments for detailed and intimate – you-are-there sorts – of descriptions of scenes or events.”—Gordon Wood, The New York Review of Books
 
“Hugh Howard has turned the least known and understood war in American history into a Technicolor, wide-screen epic of thrilling naval battles, brutal backwoods skirmishes, villainous intrigues, and stirring heroism. Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s War moves smoothly between the White House, New Orleans, and the Great Lakes, the Chesapeake, and the waters off New England. Thanks to Howard’s prodigious research, fine eye for the telling detail, and vivid prose, the War of 1812 seems as contemporary and compelling as yesterday’s battlefield dispatches from the Middle East.”—Thurston Clarke, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days that Inspired America
 
"Hugh Howard provides us with vividly written accounts of some of the more dramatic highlights of the War of 1812.  Readers with particular interests in the Chesapeake Bay campaigns of 1814 will find much to enjoy here."—Professor J.C.A. Stagg, editor of The Papers of James Madison

"Hugh Howard tackles the history of a war that is incomprehensible in the modern sense of warfare and renders it understandable, giving a fascinating and engaging account of the people and events involved in America’s first war.  Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s War will add enormously to public understanding of the War of 1812."—Michael Quinn, President, James Madison’s Montpelier

“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

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.

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Hero Quick Promo
Today Only: Up to 80% Off Popular Summer Reads on Kindle
Today only, get books by Jhumpa Lahiri, Brad Meltzer, Amy Tan, Jane Green, and more at up to 80% off. Learn more

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Press; 1St Edition edition (January 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608190714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608190713
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,067,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had the highest hopes when I ordered this book. The war of 1812 is one of Americas less understood wars and this book did little to paint a broader picture. I expected to see Madison revealed as something other than a recluse who was basically just observing events. Its nice that "Dolly" was so socially active - and saved some historic artifacts. So what? The author had the opportunity to paint in the rich tapestry of persons and events that comprised this era and the political storm that was going on in the United States. The book was too long for grade school, lacking in enough real meat for high school, and too lightweight to recommend for college. With the exception of who fired a cannon or two there was nothing in this tome I didn't already know and I'm not by any stretch an amateur historian.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. C Sheehy on November 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is by and large a book with a good premise which could have been the basis of a very good book. However Mr. Howard seems more interested in writing a celebrity type of history rather than plumbing the story for great detail. The book doesn't even go into detail about the burning of Washington. When more detail and explanation is called for, less is delivered. Even some of the great stories of the war such as The Battle's of New Orleans and Fort McHenry offer little detail. The book always comes back to the Madison's yet offers no great detail on either one. It's a book which seems to have been written to tie into the bicentennial of the war yet offers nothing of value.

Basically this is one you can skip and not miss anything.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By fanofhistory on July 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a rather underwhelming history of the war. There is very little new in terms of research and virtually nothing new in terms of interpretation. It rehearses the familiar arguments about the war (although much of these have been unseated by recent books). Someone looking for a general history of the book that has a driving narrative and an easy read would be better off selecting something like Walter Borneman's book. If you are looking for more nuanced studies look around at some of the most recent stuff published this year for the bicentennial.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover
This book, although appropriately published in 2012, is most timely today. As I write this review, exactly 200 years ago the Treaty of Ghent was aboard a ship sailing to New York. President Madison ratified the treaty on Feb. 15, 1815, and the Senate unanimously confirmed the ratification the next day. Little has been noted that this is the bicentennial of that Treaty, the second peace treaty between the young United States and the world's most powerful nation, England. It became the last peace treaty signed between the two nations, as Madison had hoped it would be. As the London Times wrote in April 1817, "Their first war with England made them independent; their second made them formidable." This book lives up to providing a concise history of its subtitle: "America's first couple and the second war of independence." And a reviewer's obligatory note of a slight error: The USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides", was built in Boston (at Hartt's Wharf, now the site of the Boston Coast Guard Station), not Charlestown, as the author stated. This magnificent ship, launched in 1797, never lost a battle. Her victories helped bring England to the peace treaty negotiations. She has been docked at Boston's Charlestown Navy Yard since 1934. In a few months, she is going into dry-dock for renovations that we hope will keep her proudly afloat for War of 1812 centennials to come.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
There is a lot to complain about in this book, if one were so inclined, specifically mentioning persons or actions , where you know there is more to tell, but the author does not follow up. For example, the bitter feud between Commander Perry and his subordinate from the great lakes victory, is not mentioned until in passing in the epilogue. Minor stuff however, and overall I found this a quick and enjoyable book, far from comprehensive, but does the job none the less.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By George's Media List on March 20, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is one of those time periods glossed over during my school years. I knew that the White House was burned, but all of the other activities of the British troops, and the American defenders was new to me. Very well written,
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wendellh on May 31, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
My scholastic memory of the War of 1812 is meager. While my memory ability may be somewhat at fault, there is no doubt that what I recall about other wars far surpasses that of 1812. This book helped mightily to fill the void. The personal lives of the Madisons is broadened with details the conventional history books only slightly convey. The fact that the country survived a War that it tactically had lost is rather amazing. The political intrigue that President Madison navigated, with Dolly's able assistance, is a testimony to his intellect and her social skills--a really nifty combination!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Bargain Hunter on September 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Great portrayal of this little-known but important aspect of American history;
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Mr. and Mrs. Madison's War: America's First Couple and the Second War of Independence
This item: Mr. and Mrs. Madison's War: America's First Couple and the Second War of Independence
Price: $24.97
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?