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


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Press; 1St Edition edition (January 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608190714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608190713
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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.


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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 8, 2012
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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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. C Sheehy on November 24, 2012
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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.
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7 of 9 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.
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By JF on July 11, 2014
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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.
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By George's Media List on March 20, 2014
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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,
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wendellh on May 31, 2012
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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!
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By Bargain Hunter on September 18, 2014
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Great portrayal of this little-known but important aspect of American history;
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