Synopses & Reviews
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, the generals, the bureaucrats and the profiteers, the traitors, and the loyalists. This is a gripping account of a fascinatingly complex war that shaped the boundaries of America as we know them today.
A popular history as it should be written.
"…a popular history as it should be written." The New York Times
"A wonderful historical work…a book of love, ambition, guile, heroism, tragedy and cowardice." The Detroit News
"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
Gripping account of a fascinatingly complex war that shaped the boundaries of America.
About the Author
Pierre Burton is the internationally renowned bestselling author of fifty books and the recipient of over thirty literary awards including the Governor-General's Award for Creative Non-Fiction (three times). He was raised in the Yukon, served almost four years in the army, was an editor at the Toronto Star, and a writer and host of a series of CBC programs. He is a member of the Newsman's Hall of Fame. Pierre Berton passed away in 2004.