A tale of our nation's youth, of passions, a half forgotten war and incomparable men and women. Splendidly researched and finely written.
This historical soap opera is centered around Pres. James and Dolly Madison, General Andrew and Rachel Jackson. Its presented in a story format with lots of dialogue. You'll never be bored! The best history book I ever read!
As a huge fan of historical fiction, I usually set pretty high standards for any historical fiction novel I come across! This one passed! It was great. I didn't know much about the War of 1812 before reading this book. Very enjoyable and informative read!
Fabulous book, so well written. I enjoyed every page of it and learned so much American history in the process. I had always thought the Star Spangled Banner was written during the Revolutionary War not the war of 1812! Andrew and Rachel Jackson are characters to love and admire, as well as James and Dolley Madison. Niven sticks to the historical facts and is true to the character and personality of the various individuals. A really good book. I'm going to request some other titles by Nevin.
Through the lives of James & Dolley Madison, Andrew & Rachel Jackson, Winfield Scott, and Sally McQuirk ("the daughter of a Washington publisher who is determined to cover the war as a journalist", the reader lives through "...the thirty months of the war that shaped American destiny". (Quotes from jacket blurb)
This book was a novel, a work of the imagination. Yet it is in general accurate both in the hostory of the events it chronicles and on the character and personalilty of the various individuals. To sum up in a phrase, this is the imagined inside story of a known outside story.
This was the first historical novel I ever read. Recently I went back through the book and it still holds up. It is wonderfully written and tells a compelling story about an event everyone should understand.
I enjoyed this book very much. It was beautifully researched and very informative about a war that is frequently forgotten in American History. The story revolves around James and Dolly Madison, Andrew and Rachel Jackson and other major figures fighting the war on both sides. I especially enjoyed reading about Winfield Scott and the battle of New Orleans. Dolly Madison and the burning of the White House by the British is usually the only thing people remember. Very well written! Genny
evcelent reading about the USA in the beginning. right in the middle of the war.
From back of book:
The war of 1812 would either make America a global power sweeping all the way to the Pacific--or break it into small pieces bound to mighty England. It was a second revolution of sorts to prove to the British that America had to be taken seriously. The principal actors in this drama were James and Dolley Madison, and Andrew and Rachel Jackson. Their courage and determination would shape America's destiny.