Pierre Berton's War of 1812

Pierre Berton s War of To commemorate the bi centenary of the War of 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 fi

  • Title: Pierre Berton's War of 1812
  • Author: Pierre Berton
  • ISBN: 9780385676489
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 dTo 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.

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    1. This book was superb. Mr. Benton's work reads like a fast passed piece of fiction but the in depth information he has uncovered leaves with a wonderful understanding of the events, characters, and politics of one of the most senseless wars ever fought.As an American I was always curious about a this "little" war which covered at the most two pages in our history books. After reading this compendium I can understand why. It was a miserable fail at expansionism under the guise of ending British im [...]

    2. Pierre Berton's The War of 1812 is a compilation of two of his history texts; The Invasion of Canada and Flames Across the Border. Both of these books together cover the entirety of the War of 1812, a conflict between the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Britain and Ireland, mostly fought in the border regions of the Northern USA and Canada. This is a complex war, as much of the history is anecdotal, personal or unwritten. Berton handles this well, giving each conflict a highly [...]

    3. The first book Invasion of Canada was more compelling than the second book Flames Across the Border. Toward the end I was tiered of the war and just wantd it to be over, so much suffering for so little purpose. Helped me better understand loyality, security and order from a Canadian perspective.

    4. This is a challenge - trying to brush up on my Canadian history Pierre Berton was an incredible man, any way you cut it.

    5. If you are only ever going to read one book of Canadian History, this should be it. This is a fast-paced, thrilling story of larger than life characters, heroes, villains, and ordinary people all caught up in a war that shaped the destiny of a continent. Berton is a brilliant story-teller, he writes his history in a way that reads much more like a novel, which includes dialogue, except it is all taken straight from the actual documents and journals of the people he quotes. This book is actually [...]

    6. I'm a huge fan of Pierre Berton's approach to writing history. It's people-centred, focussing on anecdotal accounts of regular people caught in big events.I've read many of his books, and found this one (or these two) very hard to read. That's not Berton's fault--his style is as engaging as ever--but history's. There are too many characters, popping up briefly, the disappearing. His balanced account of both sides has one constantly flipping to the cast of characters to recall who is British and [...]

    7. Book 1 - Invasion of Canada - who knew our history was so interesting great time to be ready about events that took place 200 years ago - I can picture it better since the fall weather seems to be the same wet & cold. I'm just glad I'm in a warm house reading and not starving and cold trying to fight a war nobody wanted.Book 2 - Flames Across the Border - During 1813 and 1814 the story continues with a series of battles and more incompitance by the leaders of Britain and the USA With thousan [...]

    8. The 2 books encompassed in Berton's War of 1812 have to be my favourite non-fiction reads of all time. Berton had a way of writing true history that felt so different from other literature like it. It is a history that is not a plain factual retelling of events, it is a history that engages you with stories of real people whom you empathize with. A History that truth be told, makes me proud to be a Canadian.

    9. A great book to get a good, detailed account of the War of 1812 from almost everyone's perspective. It almost reads like a novel, switching back and forth between lots of historical figures, both famous and virtually unknown, telling many personal stories of Canadians, Americans, British, and Natives involved in the war. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in history.

    10. Very well written. Detailed, Berton's narrative was easy to read and wasn't dry like many history books are. A great account of a relatively unknown and understood chapter in Canadian and American history.

    11. I wanted to read this for a long time, just to understand what actually happened. Gripping look at a horrific war that ultimately changed nothing.

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