Blood and Daring by John Boyko
How Canada Fought the American Civil War and Forged a Nation

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Boyko filters his account through six “guides,” three of which...are well known. Though their stories bear re-telling in the current context, it’s the tales of two now-obscure figures...that are the book’s liveliest and most interesting.
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Blood and Daring will change our views not just of Canada's relationship with the United States, but of the Civil War, Confederation and Canada itself.
 
In Blood and Daring, lauded historian John Boyko makes a compelling argument that Confederation occurred when and as it did largely because of the pressures of the Civil War. Many readers will be shocked by Canada's deep connection to the war--Canadians fought in every major battle, supplied arms to the South, and many key Confederate meetings took place on Canadian soil. Boyko gives Americans a new understanding of the North American context of the war, and also shows how the political climate of the time created a more unified Canada, one that was able to successfully oppose American expansion.
 
Filled with engaging stories and astonishing facts from previously unaccessed primary sources, Boyko's fascinating new interpretation of the war will appeal to all readers of history. Blood and Daring will change our views not just of Canada's relationship with the United States, but of Confederation itself.

 

About John Boyko

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This is John Boyko's second book. His first, "Politics: Conflict and Compromise", quickly became the senior level politics text in secondary schools across Canada. John is the History and Social Science Curriculum Leader and a teacher at Lakefield College School in Lakefield, Ontario.
 
Published May 28, 2013 by Knopf Canada. 370 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on May 13 2013

...the world's longest undefended border was in danger of bursting into flames, unless a unified country could emerge from the tangle of British colonies. It's the birth of Canada in all its glory and muck.

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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Emily Donaldson on Jun 28 2013

Boyko filters his account through six “guides,” three of which...are well known. Though their stories bear re-telling in the current context, it’s the tales of two now-obscure figures...that are the book’s liveliest and most interesting.

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National Post arts

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Reviewed by Allan Levine on Jun 17 2013

Parliamentarians and bureaucrats currently pondering how Canadian history is presented should put this book on their reading list. Boyko’s accomplished narrative is precisely the kind of popular history that deserves a wide audience.

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Reviewed by Allan Levine on Jun 14 2013

Boyko’s Blood and Daring goes a long way to correcting that omission and depicts how the confluence of circumstances around the Civil War led to the reconstruction of one nation and the establishment of another.

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