Tecumseh and Brock by James Laxer
The War of 1812

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What is certain is that if those “sides” won, another definitely lost...James Laxer realizes this, emphasizes it and, if for no other reason, that earns his book praise.
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At the turn of the nineteenth century, the British Empire is at the height of its ascendancy; Napoleonic France is struggling to maintain its position as a world power; and the incumbent American empire is quickly expanding its territory, while the Native peoples struggle to establish their own confederacy, their own independent nation.
Bestselling author, historian, political scientist, and scholar James Laxer offers a fresh and compelling view of this decisive war — which historians have long treated as a second American revolution — by bringing to life the Native struggle for nationhood and sovereignty; the battle between the British Empire and the United States over Upper and Lower Canada; and finally, at the heart of it, the unlikely friendship and political alliance of two towering figures of history: Tecumseh, the Shawnee chieftain and charismatic leader of the Native confederacy, and Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, protector and defender of the British Empire.
Highly engaging and impeccably researched, Tecumseh and Brock is a powerful work of history, an epic story of empires and emerging nations, of politics and power, and of two leaders whose legacy still lives on today.
 

About James Laxer

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James Laxer is the bestselling and award-winning author of nineteen books, including Stalking the Elephant: My Discovery of America (published by the New Press in New York as Discovering America) and The Border: Canada, the U.S. and Dispatches from the Forty-ninth Parallel. A professor of political science at York University in Toronto and one of Canada's leading political thinkers, Laxer is frequently consulted for commentary on current national and global issues by the media. He lives in Toronto.
 
Published June 5, 2012 by House of Anansi Press. 368 pages
Genres: History, War, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by Roger Hall on Jun 22 2012

What is certain is that if those “sides” won, another definitely lost...James Laxer realizes this, emphasizes it and, if for no other reason, that earns his book praise.

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Reviewed by Vit Wagner on Jun 22 2012

...Tecumseh & Brock promises a valuable alternative to the notion that history is invariably written by the victors.

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Reviewed by Vit Wagner on Jun 22 2012

At its best, Tecumseh & Brock promises a valuable alternative to the notion that history is invariably written by the victors. Here, the vanquished also get their due in a story of immensely tragic dimensions. It is hard to maintain the drama, however, when your main characters exit the stage at the end of the second act.

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