What was America's worst war? Vote here

Iraq? Vietnam? Afghanistan?

Wrong, wrong,wrong. It was the War of 1812. If you want to know why--and who doesn't?--mark this Saturday, Jan. 26 to hear why. I'll be at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore in Park Forest, to discuss, "America's most screwed-up war."

You might think that you'd have to go a long way to beat Vietnam and Iraq as the worst war, but a loss in either of those 1812 declaration of wardidn't threaten America's very existence. In neither did America take on the world's mosts powerful nation whose military was 100 times stronger than America's. Just a couple of decades after the adoption of the Constitution and the creation of a United States of America, the country could have been torn apart and the world could have changed in terrifying ways.

I'll be available to sign my historical novel, Madness: The War of 1812,  (at a big discount over the price put on the book by Tate Publishing.) Hope to see you there.

  • When:
    Saturday, January 26 from 2:00 PMto 4:00 PM
  • Where:
    Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore7419 Madison St. Forest Park, Illinois 60130-1502


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