Flames Across the Border: 1813-1814

Flames Across the Border: 1813-1814

by Pierre Berton

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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 level — 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385673594
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Publication date: 05/18/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 690,694
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Pierre Berton, Canada's most widely read historian, was born in the Yukon and educated at UBC. Author of forty-seven books, he has received three Governor General's awards for nonfiction, two Nellies for broadcasting, two National Newspaper awards, the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and the National History Society's first award for "distinguished achievement in popularizing Canadian history." He holds eleven honorary degrees, is a member of the Newsman's Hall of Fame, and is a Companion of the Order of Canada.

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Flames Across the Border, 1813-1814 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ksmyth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I ever purchased on the War of 1812. I had difficulty with Berton's narrative style at first, which is in the present tense. Nevertheless, Berton's account of the most important battles in Canada--Chippewa, Lundy's Lane, the burning of York are all quite good, and are accompanied by helful maps. Berton also draws in actions outside the Canadian to contribute to the context they occurred in, and emphasizing their relative importance.
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