The Invasion of Canada To America s leaders in an invasion of Canada seemed to be a mere matter of marching as Thomas Jefferson confidently predicted How could a nation of million fail to subdue a struggling colony

  • Title: The Invasion of Canada: 1812-1813
  • Author: Pierre Berton
  • ISBN: 9780385658393
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 tTo 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 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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    1. I think that without question this is the finest history book I've ever read.Allow me to qualify:The narrative thrill of McCullough or Shelby Foote, the insight of Ellis or Remini, Pierre Berton manages to tell you everything you need to know in half a page, dripping with excitement and insight, yet somehow leaving nothing out.So what is this book about? The book covers the first amazing and turbulent year of the War of 1812, focusing on the engagements in the "Northwest", really meaning today's [...]

    2. It's interesting to read Berton's account of the start of the War of 1812. As he sees it, it was a reluctant war from both the British and American perspective and only fought to a stalemate because of the involvement on both sides, of native North Americans. The most significant thing to emerge from the war, according to Berton, was Canadian nationalism, aligned with British governmental values - the values that to this day make Canada at it's core a very different place from the US.

    3. The Invasion of Canada by Pierre Berton is a book that is about the War of 1812. It is a history about what caused the war, how and when the war was declared, the Canadian viewpoint, and why it is so important to remember. It is a book that acknowledges the legends that arose out of the ashes of this war, and either embellishes upon them or destroys them entirely with the true historical accounts.I loved this book for what it represented. A book that discussed all the finer details of the War of [...]

    4. I picked this one up hoping to learn a bit more about the War of 1812, and this came highly recommended. I can see why- it's very people focused, and the style is fairly engaging considering the subject matter. I also enjoyed reading a book from the Canadian perspective on the war.However, it just didn't wind up sucking me in, and while I went in knowing this was the first of a two volume series, it still felt really unfinished at the end. The whole book felt a bit like the intro to a longer wor [...]

    5. Harkening to the days when the hilarious fiction imagined by South Park and Canadian Bacon was actually reality: war between the U.S. and Canada. Fascinating, really, not as a sweeping military epic, but as a case study of how history is often made by the blunders of the incompetent. In the three primary military engagements described in these pages (Detroit, Queenston Heights, Frenchtown), the American forces should have easily prevailed owing to an overwhelming advantage in men and supplies, a [...]

    6. An interesting account of the War of 1812 only as it took place along the borders of the US Midwest/the Niagara River and Upper Canada (Ontario). Pierre Burton was a celebrated Canadian novelist who used mostly primary sources from soldiers, politicians, etc. in putting together this account of what he characterizes a pointless war. Canadians typically think that "Canada" won the war (though the Dominion of Canada was formed only in 1867) whereas Americans typically think that they won the war. [...]

    7. I remember falling asleep in my Canadian History classes in Elementary and High School. If only they had made it as interesting as Pierre Burton does in these books. Not just a dried up memorization of dates and names of people I couldn't care less about. Mr. Berton's books bring the conflict and all it's intrigue to life! My brother-in-law who got his PHD in Canadian history blah blah blah, poo-poos these books. I think he mistakes the strength of these books. To bring Canadian History to life [...]

    8. Volume one of Pierre Bertons two volume series about the War of 1812. This book is historically correct but focuses not on telling us every detail of the war, but rather tells us about the soldiers, political people, and ordinary people caught up in war. Pierre Berton, now sadly deceased, was Canda's most prolific writer of popular History. Both this book, and volume two "Flames Across the Border," are wonderful reads.

    9. Great book about the first half of the war of 1812. An especially great read if you live in Southern Ontario, because you'll recognize a lot of the places where battles and other important events happened.

    10. Great book along with it's sequel Flames across the Border which cronicle the War of 1812. Sounds boring but in Berton's capable hands is anything but.

    11. Berton conjures an array of diaries, letters, and official documents into a riveting novel-like narrative. This is historical writing at its best, in my opinion.

    12. Entertaining short history of the land campaigns in Upper Canada in 1812. The book's key contribution for American audiences is its elucidation of how the the war forged Canada into a separate nation founded on principles that were different from and even in opposition to those of the United States. Before the war, Canada's white population was sparse and in danger of being overwhelmed by cross-border migration of US citizens searching for cheap land. Thus, Canada was already in danger of being [...]

    13. I have always wondered about the War of 1812. I've known virtually nothing about it, learning nothing about it in Michigan (where I grew up, near where much of the war occurred) except that, "Oh yeah. We [the U.S.] won that war," and learning little more in Canada (once I got here as a young teen) except that, "Oh yeah. We [Canada] won that war." Well, I've picked up enough information over the years since then to know that Canada, in fact, did successfully repel America's attempt to invade Cana [...]

    14. Brilliant as always from Pierre Berton. the author brings history alive using diaries and official correspondence in the first year of the War of 1812. The British, Americans and natives are shown in all their colours, both good and bad. Even though Berton was of a liberal bent, he does not shirk from reporting the inconvenient facts. The Indian massacre of American militia in Frenchtown, Michigan for example. Try finding that in a textbook now. Yet Tecumseh is portrayed as a visionary who wante [...]

    15. An exhaustive description of the invasion of Canada between the years 1812 and 1813. This book was very extensive and detailed, and did a very good job at capturing the characters of various important figures and battles in the War of 1812. Maybe it's just me, but I did find it to be a bit long-winded. However, history is not my favorite subject, so this is probably just my personal preference. A very good book over all.

    16. History writ as a smooth butter from the fictionalized perspectives of participants. Quite possibly the greatest work of Canadian history I've ever read

    17. My mom has been pestering me to read Pierre Berton's books for many years. I can see why he's a favorite among Canadians and history lovers in general. He strung together dozens of sources and put them in a narrative that reads fast, full of character and characters, ground-level perspective that allows for an intimate understanding of the underlying events behind the North American War of 1812, yet weaves in vocabulary lessons. Unlike my American history classes (I grew up in the U.S.), I'll re [...]

    18. 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 [...]

    19. First of two volumes. Principally covers the war itself - preparations, battles, individual experiences, some historical assessments, but is extremely cursory on the geopolitics and has nothing to say about what the British Government is thinking, and very little on Washington. War may be politics by other means, but Berton has chosen to ignore the politics almost completely, at least in the first volume. That said, it remains a good, popular read, with much buckling of swash balanced by judgeme [...]

    20. Certainly a 'product of its time' - that being said, I do appreciate Berton's expression of regret at the lack extant [written] indigenous records or material; however, that doesn't mean that these narratives can then be fabricated or otherwise illustrated with clearly biased or racist colonial accounts. While Berton does try to give the indigenous their due credit - it is unlikely British/Canadian forces would have 'won' without them - this is undermined by his penchant to paint as 'civilized' [...]

    21. I have edited my review after realizing late last night that I am missing the second half of his portrayal of the War of 1812!! This book was not intended to include the latter part of the war which was my mistake. Taking that into account I have bumped up my review to a 4 /5.This book was good; and accurately portrayed the nature of Brock and Techumseh. I enjoyed the extra information provided about them as well as the illustrative depiction of Brock's death. It also included details about othe [...]

    22. Magnificent. The finest history book I've read. Despite on page 1 informing the reader that this is a minor war, one in which neither of the participants wanted to fight and characterized above all by incompetent leaders, by page 10 I was completely hooked and impatient to learn more. Berton has an incredible ability to bring his narrative to the right level in order to perfectly understand the larger context behind what is going on in addition to going down to the people involved and painting a [...]

    23. I'm a bit embarrassed that as a Canadian History focused university student, this was my first journey with Mr. Berton. I understand now why Berton is considered such a treasure to Canadian history. The amount of research that went into this work on the first year of the War of 1812 is utterly astounding. Berton manages to source the lead resources and minor tales of minor people, using it all to colour a story that hardly feels like one is reading history. I look forward to the next part.

    24. This one passed across the desk and since next year is the bicentenial, I thought I'd give it a read. It started off well but became bogged down a bit in the middle for me (a bit of the ol' too much information, not enough action). It was very good though and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the part Amherstburg plyed in it; gives a whole new reason to appreciate the town and surrounding areas.

    25. 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.

    26. This is a great, concise, engaging and easy to read account of a part of the War of 1812. My only criticism is that it treats in detail the fighting in and around Canada from 1812 through early 1813.

    27. Berton is a compelling historian in that his research includes diaries of both major and minor players in the events he writes about and this let's him get a real feel for the events and how they affected the players.

    28. Learned a lot about this periodI 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.

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