Madison's Commanders In the War of 1812
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President James Madison was a brilliant scholar, author of the country’s most important early documents, organizer of the executive branch of government, and an astute politician. When it came to war, however, Madison lacked sorely as commander-in-chief. Here, Colonel David Fitz-Enz, USA Ret. explores the dynamics among Madison’s commanders in the War of 1812.
Madison relied totally upon appointed commodores and generals to conduct a war for the conquest of Canada on one hand and the survival of the new Republic 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 men not suited to the task at hand. Some were simply incompetent. Others were sycophantic yes-men. Yet others were inclined toward reckless brinksmanship. Fitz-Enz tells the story of the good, the bad, and the outrageous—and how they held the future of the young nation in their hands. Amazingly, the United States prevailed in spite of a twenty-one-ship navy and an amateur army, pitched at the greatest military machine of its time.
Hacks, Sycophants, Adventurers, & Heroes offers a new—and sobering— perspective on one of our most revered Founding Fathers.
Hardcover Book : 352 pages
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing ( September 16, 2012 )
Item #: 13-578135
Product Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.0 x 0.88inches
Product Weight: 19.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)