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The Invasion of Canada : 1812-1813

Berton, Pierre

Published by McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, ON, Canada, 1980
ISBN 10: 0771012357 / ISBN 13: 9780771012358
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Title: The Invasion of Canada : 1812-1813

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, ON, Canada

Publication Date: 1980

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Edition: First Edition


363pp, including Index, clean and bright. Illustrated end papers. Fore edge uncut. Unclipped DJ has light edge wear. 'To a small number of American leaders in the summer of 1812, the invasion and annexation of Canada seemed to be, as Thomas Jefferson confidently predicted, "a mere matter of marching. " After all, how could an aroused nation of eight million be held off by a struggling colony of only three-hundred thousand-most of them expatriate Americans-that had few trained soldiers, fewer arms, and almost no interest in fighting? ' DJ clipped. Gift inscription ffep. Bookseller Inventory # 003209

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Synopsis: 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.

From the Back Cover: "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." ? The New York Times

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