The Invasion of Canada: 1812-1813

Paperback | August 14, 2001

byPierre Berton

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To America's leaders in 1812, an invasion of Canada seemed to be "a mere matter of marching," as Thomas Jefferson confidently predicted. How could a nation of 8 million fail to subdue a struggling colony of 300,000? Yet, when the campaign of 1812 ended, the only Americans left on Canadian soil were prisoners of war. Three American armies had been forced to surrender, and the British were in control of all of Michigan Territory and much of Indiana and Ohio.

In this 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.

Berton believes that if there had been no war, most of Ontario would probably be American today; and if the war had been lost by the British, all of Canada would now be part of the United States. But the War of 1812, or more properly the myth of the war, served to give the new settlers a sense of community and set them on a different course from that of their neighbours.

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To America's leaders in 1812, an invasion of Canada seemed to be "a mere matter of marching," as Thomas Jefferson confidently predicted. How could a nation of 8 million fail to subdue a struggling colony of 300,000? Yet, when the campaign of 1812 ended, the only Americans left on Canadian soil were prisoners of war. Three American armi...

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To America's leaders in 1812, an invasion of Canada seemed to be "a mere matter of marching," as Thomas Jefferson confidently predicted. How could a nation of 8 million fail to subdue a struggling colony of 300,000? Yet, when the campaign of 1812 ended, the only Americans left on Canadian soil were prisoners of war. Three American armi...

Pierre Berton was one of Canada’s most popular and prolific authors. From narrative histories and popular culture, to picture and coffee table books to anthologies, to stories for children to readable, historical works for youth, many of his fifty books are now Canadian classics. Born in 1920 and raised in the Yukon, Pierre Berton work...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.01 × 6.01 × 0.96 inPublished:August 14, 2001Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385658397

ISBN - 13:9780385658393

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well worth reading It is an easy read, and comes from a different angle than any text I have read beforehand on the topic. Just buy it. BTW this is part 1 of 2, may as well get em both.
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful, Moving, and Unquestionably Canadian!! Accurate, impartial, and responsible. And yet, with mind numing research, Pierre Berton breathes new life into the War of 1812. The blood, the battles and the seasoned Command of Isaac Brock, all of which come together in this block of Canadian History. A striking illustration of what it means to be Canadian. With pride and honour I recommend, The Invasion of Canada.
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"If history could be taught in the schools the way Berton writes about it, there wouldn't be a more popular subject on the curriculum."
The Globe and Mail

"A wonderful historical work…a book of love, ambition, guile, heroism, tragedy and cowardice."
The Detroit News

"…a popular history as it should be written."
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