This least-known and least-understood of American wars is recounted by Colonel Reeder with clarity and understanding. And what a near-debacle it was! The United States was rushed into it, spurred on by Congress War Hawks. The army was tiny, scattered, and ill-prepared. The navy of six frigates faced one hundred and sixteen British ships. The country was disorganized. New England refused to support ""Madison's War"". Tecumseh and his Indians marched with the British. Add to this the startling ineptitude of the majority of U. S. military leaders who were veterans of the Revolutionary War, and the odds are so great the reader wonders, ""How did we ever get out of this one?"" Though the book is aimed primarily at the student, its undeniable drama should appeal also to the general reader.