Hacks, Sycophants, Adventurers, and Heroes: Madison's Commanders in the War of 1812

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Taylor Trade Publications, Aug 10, 2012 - History - 368 pages
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While President James Madison was a brilliant scholar, author of much of this country's early documents, organizer of the executive branch of government, and an astute politician, he was no commander-in-chief. He relied totally upon appointed commodores and generals to conduct a war for the conquest of Canada on one hand and survival on the other. Often confused by advisors of little military talent, in the end he put his trust, and that of the people, in the grasp of hacks, sycophants, adventurers, and a few good men. This is the story of the good, the bad, and the outrageous that held the future of the young nation in their hands and prevailed in spite of a twenty-one-ship navy and an amateur army, pitched at the greatest military machine of its time.
 

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Col. David Fitz-Enz begins this book by writing in the preface "It seems there is no time to set down and read a 300-page study about the life of a historic person, even though the reader would like ... Read full review

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An interesting book, based on the premise that all history is biography. In this case, this book brings together biographies of a number of American men involved in the War of 1812, and shows how they ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
31
Chapter 3
63
Chapter 4
85
Chapter 5
113
Chapter 6
141
Chapter 7
161
Chapter 8
189
Chapter 10
227
Chapter 11
257
Chapter 12
283
Bibliography
311
Index
315
About the Author
331
Photospread
333
Copyright

Chapter 9
207

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Colonel David Fitz-Enz, USA ret., served as a regular army officer for thirty years. He served two tours in Vietnam, one as a combat photographer and another as a paratrooper and aviator. He is the author of Old Ironsides: Eagle of the Sea; Redcoats Revenge; and Why a Soldier?. He lives near Lake Placid, New York.

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