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The American Invasion of Canada: The War of 1812's First Year

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How could a nation of eight million fail to subdue a struggling British colony of 300,000? In this remarkable account of the war s first year, Pierre Burton transforms history into an engrossing narrative that reads like a fast-paced novel. Drawing on memoirs, diaries, and official dispatches, the author gets inside the characters who fought the war the common soldiers, th ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 4th 2012 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published December 4th 2011)
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Kimberly
Mar 14, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
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This book is a popular history which follows the first year of the War of 1812. Berton deals with the complex political situations which led to war and the reluctance with which the commanders went to the front. Initially neither side wanted to fight, and both sought a peaceful resolution. However after a few skirmishes and battles both sides became more active in the war effort. The British resolved to fight a defensive war, but the Americans went on the offensive several times and fought on Ca ...more
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Aug 03, 2016 J rated it really liked it
7/10 This is a solid history of why the War of 1812 happened and details on the early battles. Maybe the Canadian author is biased for the Canadians, but USA was rather inept during this war so maybe it's not bias but brutal honesty. This only covers the first year of the war, but it does quickly explain the ending of the war. I wish the author had gone on to cover the rest of the war more.
David
Aug 14, 2016 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Learned a lot about this period

I liked how the author incorporated the human aspects of the battles and events. Sharing not only the viscous side of Indians during their fight for survival but their softer human side. I just felt I learned a lot about this period.
Scott W. Wood
Excellent read.

The true history be told. A part of American History skipped over in school. I highly recommend reading. Thank You
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Good to brush up on the War of 1812. As gory and horrendous as the war was, there are also a lot of stories of politeness, decency, and generosity.
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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 books are now Canadian classics.

Born in 1920 and raised in the Yukon, Pierre Berton worked in Klondike mining camps during his university years. He spent four years in the army, rising from private to captain/instructor at the
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“On September 9, the day after Prevost’s armistice ends, Napoleon launches and, at great cost, wins the Battle of Borodino, thus opening the way to Moscow. The casualties on that day exceed eighty thousand—a figure greater than the entire population, of Upper Canada.” 1 likes
“Who, in Europe, can take this bloodless colonial fracas seriously? On September 9, the day after Prevost’s armistice ends, Napoleon launches and, at great cost, wins the Battle of Borodino, thus opening the way to Moscow. The casualties on that day exceed eighty thousand—a figure greater than the entire population, of Upper Canada.” 0 likes
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