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The Battles of the War of 1812

Adventures in Canadian History

by (author) Pierre Berton

foreword by Charlotte Gray

Fifth House Books
Initial publish date
Aug 2006
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    Aug 2006
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The third omnibus in the Pierre Berton's History for Young Canadians series.Pierre Berton, perhaps Canada's best known writer, recounts the compelling stories of the battles of the War of 1812 in this third omnibus in the Pierre Berton's History for Young Canadians series. These fast-paced narratives, written for pre-teen and teenage readers, recreate the battles that would shape Canada's future. Originally printed as separate volumes in the Adventures in Canadian History series, the titles in the third book in the series, Pierre Berton's History for Young Canadians, The Battles of the War of 1812, include: The Capture of Detroit, The Death of Isaac Brock, Revenge of the Tribes, Canada Under Siege, The Battle of Lake Erie, The Death of Tecumseh, and Attack on Montreal. Berton focuses on the most important battles of the War of 1812, relating the stories in accurate, lively detail. Facts and figures, historical characters, and battle strategies blend seamlessly into an exciting lesson in Canadian history.This is the story of the war that helped Canadians develop a sense of pride and community, setting the groundwork for a united Canadian nation. Focusing on major historical characters, Berton describes figures such as Tecumseh, Isaac Brock, Charles-Michel d'Irumberry de Salaberry, and Laura Secord. Less familiar characters, from minor officers to Loyalist informers, add depth and drama to the history.

About the authors

Pierre Berton, well-known and well-loved Canadian author, journalist, and media personality, hailed from Whitehorse, Yukon. During his career, he wrote fifty books for adults and twenty-two for children, popularizing Canadian history and culture and reflecting on his life and times. With more than thirty literary awards and a dozen honorary degrees to his credit, Berton was also a Companion of the Order of Canada.

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Charlotte Gray is one of Canada’s best-known writers, and author of ten acclaimed books of literary non-fiction. Gray’s most recent bestseller is The Promise of Canada: People And Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country. Her previous book,  The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and The Trial that Shocked a Country, was also a bestseller and won the Toronto Book Award, the Heritage Toronto Book Award, the Canadian Authors Association Lela Common Award for Canadian History and the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book. It was shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize, the Ottawa Book Award for Non-Fiction and the Evergreen Award and was long-listed for the B.C. National Book Award for Non-Fiction. An adaptation of her bestseller Gold Diggers, Striking It Rich in the Klondike was broadcast as a television miniseries in early 2014 on the US Discovery Channel, under the title Klondike.

An Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of History at Carleton University, Charlotte is the Recipient of the Pierre Berton Award for distinguished achievement in popularizing Canadian history. She has chaired the boards of both Canada’s National History Society and the Art Canada Institute, has served on the boards of PEN Canada and the Ottawa International Writers Festival. She has frequently served on Writers Trust committees, as well as being a juror for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the RBC Taylor Prize, the City of Ottawa Book Prize, several CBC awards and the Kobzar Literary Award. Charlotte is a member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Charlotte Gray's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"When Pierre Berton describes a battle, you are right there. You've got to know the commanders; you've met some of the eager young soldiers; you care about what happens to them. Once the guns start firing, you are both exhilarated and fearful."
-- Charlotte Gray, from the foreword

"Written in a style that will be easily understood... the book is one that should stimulate a strong interest in Canadian history."
-- CM Magazine

"This book is ideal resource for teachers or for parents who want their children to take a better look at our nations history and to better appreciate the values we have and where those values come from. Written by perhaps the foremost authority on Canadian history, the pages will turn quickly but end with a new appreciation of a war that should not be forgotten and the battles and heroes that gave us our freedom."
-- The Leader Post (Regina)

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