When you think of the War of 1812 , what comes to mind? Perhaps you know it as the time the British burned the White House. You might also remember that the Star Spangled Banner was written during the war. But did you know the New England states almost seceded from the Union? Or that looting was rampant in and around the battlefield? Denver author Nick Arvin weaves the complex history of the War of 1812 into his latest novel, “Mad Boy.” Just a few pages into the book, a cow falls through a roof, killing the mother of ten-year-old Henry Phipps and launching him on an apparently insane quest.
Arvin spoke with Colorado Matters host Nathan Heffel about choosing this little-known period in American history as a setting for the story. Listen to their conversation at cpr.org