Flames Across the Border: 1813-1814 by Pierre Berton

By Pierre Berton

The Canada–U.S. border was once in flames because the struggle of 1812 endured. York's parliament constructions have been on fireplace, Niagara-on-the-Lake burned to the floor and Buffalo lay in ashes. Even the yank capital of Washington, a long way to the south, was once positioned to the torch. The conflict of 1812 had turn into one of many 19th century's bloodiest struggles.

Flames around the Border is a compelling evocation of battle at its so much primeval point — 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 measurement and clean point of view to this early clash among the 2 rising countries of North the USA.

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