Pierre Berton's War of 1812

Pierre Berton's War of 1812

Being A Compendium of The Invasion of Canada and Flames Across the Border

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To commemorate the bi-centenary of the War of 1812, Anchor Canada brings together Pierre Berton's two groundbreaking books on the subject. The Invasion of Canada is a remarkable account of the war's first year and the events that led up to it; Pierre Berton transforms history into an engrossing narrative that reads like a fast-paced novel. Drawing on personal memoirs and diaries as well as official dispatches, the author has been able to get inside the characters of the men who fought the war - the common soldiers as well as the generals, the bureaucrats and the profiteers, the traitors and the loyalists.

The Canada-U.S. border was in flames as the War of 1812 continued. York's parliament buildings were on fire, Niagara-on-the-Lake burned to the ground and Buffalo lay in ashes. Even the American capital of Washington, far to the south, was put to the torch. The War of 1812 had become one of the nineteenth century's bloodiest struggles.

Flames Across the Border is a compelling evocation of war at its most primeval - the muddy fields, the frozen forests and the ominous waters where men fought and died. Pierre Berton skilfully captures the courage, determination and terror of the universal soldier, giving new dimension and fresh perspective to this early conflict between the two emerging nations of North America.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Anchor Canada, ©2011.
ISBN: 9780385676489
Characteristics: 911 pages :,maps ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Berton, Pierre 1920-2004.

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rb3221 Dec 09, 2016

In The War of 1812, Berton (a master storyteller) tells this story through personal memoirs, diaries and official dispatches, this amazing story that reads like a novel. There was, however, so much suffering for such little gain. I especially enjoyed the parts about Sir Issac Brock and the Shawnee Chief Tecumeh. Berton's viewpoint was that Brock came " to represent Canadian order as opposed to American anarchy - 'peace, order and good government' rather than the more hedonistic 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness'."
A great book and a must read for all interested in Canadian history.

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