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

Mr and Mrs Madison s War America s First Couple and the War of August Dressed in black James Madison mourns the nation s loss Smoke rises from the ruin of the Capitol before him a mile away stands the blackened shell of the White House The British have

  • Title: Mr. and Mrs. Madison's War: America's First Couple and the War of 1812
  • Author: Hugh Howard
  • ISBN: 9781608190713
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mr. and Mrs. Madison's War: America's First Couple and the War of 1812

    August 28, 1814 Dressed in black, James Madison mourns the nation s loss Smoke rises from the ruin of the Capitol before him a mile away stands the blackened shell of the White House The British have laid waste to Washington City, and as Mr Madison gazes at the terrible vista, he ponders the future his country s defeat or victory in a war he began over the unanimous oAugust 28, 1814 Dressed in black, James Madison mourns the nation s loss Smoke rises from the ruin of the Capitol before him a mile away stands the blackened shell of the White House The British have laid waste to Washington City, and as Mr Madison gazes at the terrible vista, he ponders the future his country s defeat or victory in a war he began over the unanimous objections of his political adversaries As we approach its bicentennial, the War of 1812 remains the least understood of America s wars To some it was a conflict that resolved nothing, but to others, it was our second war of independence, settling once and for all that America would never again submit to Britain At its center was James Madison our most meditative of presidents, yet the first one to declare war And at his side was the extraordinary Dolley, who defined the role of first lady for all to follow, and who would prove perhaps her husband s most indispensable ally.In this powerful new work, drawing on countless primary sources, acclaimed historian Hugh Howard presents a gripping account of the conflict as James and Dolley Madison experienced it Mr and Mrs Madison s War rediscovers a conflict fought on land and sea from the shores of the Potomac to the Great Lakes that proved to be a critical turning point in American history.Advance praise for Mr and Mrs Madison s War 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 intrigue, and stirring heroism 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

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    1. Darlene

      Excellent portrait of Washington's first "power couple", the Madisons. Dolly gets her due as a woman who helped shape Washington society, and a model for what First Ladies became in later years--partners who helped their husbands navigate the rocky politics of the nation's capitol and made a positive impression on the American people, and on foreign dignitaries and world leaders as well.It's especially relevant during this anniversary of the War of 1812, and the description of the British invasi [...]

    2. Jack

      1812. Much was occurring during this time of American history. Mr. Madison was our president, another of the founding fathers. Napoleon was still the scourge of Europe. England's Royal Navy essentially blockaded the continent. A young man named Wellington was bogging down the Tyrant's troops in the Peninsula War. Barbary pirates were also launching their corsair predators against Mediterranean shipping. Also a young country, the United States, was being harassed by the European conflict between [...]

    3. Thebruce1314

      I struggled with this book. The author states in in the introduction that he prides himself on storytelling, and I agree that many of the personal episodes in the book were written very much like a fictional narrative. The author discusses feelings and emotions, and what was seen, but how do we knowThis is also very much a look at the War of 1812 from an American perspective. Though many battles took place on Canadian soil, those bits are glossed over and the author, though he included many than [...]

    4. Matt Deets

      An exciting read about the war of 1812. From Naval battles to the burning of Washington, to the eventual peace treaty, Howard does a wonderful job narrating the people and events of this lesser studied war. He gives a pretty in-depth look at the first power couple of politics and how they helped each other through some very trying times. If you want to learn more about one of the more unappreciated founding fathers and the War of 1812 this book is a great place to start.

    5. Louise

      Lasting three years, the War of 1812 needs a better name. In its time "Mr. Madison's War" was a name of scorn. A byproduct of this war, admitted by even those who opposed it, was that it brought the US great prestige. Author Hugh Howard, noting that the president's wife was his true partner in work as well as life, gives this war a more modern name as a term of respect.While Pres. Madison was able to get the required votes by Congress, the war was far from popular, particularly among the New Eng [...]

    6. Monty

      Hugh Howard presents an interesting perspective on the War of 1812 from the viewpoint of James and Dolley Madison. This mild-mannered and geeky President was married to one of the most interesting, vivacious and colorful first-ladies of the 19th century. They were indeed an odd couple. Madison was very short (5 ft. 4 in. max) and dressed mostly in black. He did not smoke, drink, gamble, swear, or lose his temper. He was studious and introverted, and did not deliver a single speech during his ter [...]

    7. Patricia O'Sullivan

      In 1807 the HMS Leopard attacked the USS Chesapeake off the coast of Virginia. After blowing twenty-two holes in the Chesapeake's hull, the British boarded her and impressed a handful of sailors, most of them American, into the Royal Navy. So began a series of skirmishes between the British and the Americans that led to America's second war of independence, the War of 1812. In a narrative style, Hugh Howard introduces his readers to the personalities and key events of the war. Dominating Howard' [...]

    8. Jason Walker

      I have read a lot of books on the Revolution Era and I know that the War of 1812 was often referred to as Jimmie Madison's war in newspapers. The fact that the war happened during his Presidency is really irrelevant. The fact the British burned Washington during his presidency is also irrelevant. The fact is the US was at a weak moment, Madison wanted to make a statement, the U.S. fleet was at the Barbary coast. The UK thought it would be a simple thing to reinstate themselves. Nothing is ever s [...]

    9. Laura Horne

      Was a little disappointed that few books are dedicated to Dolley Madison and her influence on both James Madison and the War of 1812. This one does better than most but the title is a bit misleading. Although it's very well written and devotes a fair number of pages to Dolley, it is mostly a play-by-play of the war tactics and less about the influence of Dolley, or that of her husband for that matter, on the war.

    10. T.P. Williams

      Fast paced history of War of 1812. Could have done without CSI type datelines beginning the chapters, but overall very good. Interesting how battles in the war were few and far between, contrary to what my impression had been. Section on burning of Washington extremely interesting.

    11. Jim Savage

      Heroic Americans de-ice Toronto, dasterdly British de-louse Washington. Both invited to Sugar Bowl, whence term "meaningless post-season extravaganza" was coined.

    12. April

      this book is so interesting, really sucked into it. the chapters are quite long. currently on page 115 and only on chapter 3!

    13. Jason Cecil

      Nice history of a severely neglected but important war in US history. The vivid story telling keeps you hooked.

    14. Jim Blessing

      This book about the Madison adminstration during the War of 1812, was mildly amusing and did not hold my attention much.

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