By Pierre Berton
To commemorate the bi-centenary of the battle of 1812, Anchor Canada brings jointly Pierre Berton's groundbreaking books at the subject.
The Invasion of Canada is a awesome account of the war's first yr and the occasions that led as much as it; Pierre Berton transforms historical past into an engrossing narrative that reads like a fast moving novel. Drawing on own memoirs and diaries in addition to respectable dispatches, the writer has been capable of get contained in the characters of the lads who fought the warfare - the typical infantrymen in addition to the generals, the bureaucrats and the profiteers, the traitors and the loyalists.
The Canada-U.S. border used to be in flames because the battle of 1812 persevered. York's parliament structures have been on hearth, Niagara-on-the-Lake burned to the floor and Buffalo lay in ashes. Even the yankee capital of Washington, a long way to the south, used to be positioned to the torch. The battle of 1812 had develop into one of many 19th century's bloodiest struggles.
Flames around the Border is a compelling evocation of battle at its such a lot primeval - the muddy fields, the frozen forests and the ominous waters the place males fought and died. Pierre Berton skilfully captures the braveness, selection and terror of the common soldier, giving new size and clean standpoint to this early clash among the 2 rising international locations of North the United States.
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