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The Astonishing General: The Life and Legacy of Sir Isaac Brock

The Astonishing General: The Life and Legacy of Sir Isaac Brock    
Format Hardcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-55488-777-4
Pages 370
Language English only
Price $35.00
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Written by Wesley B. Turner.
Published by Dundurn Press, 2011.


The War of 1812 revealed many heroes and heroines from both Canada and the United States, and Major General Isaac Brock (1769 – 1812) was one of them. Astonishing General tells of his life, his career, and his legacy, particularly in the Canadas, and of the context in which he lived.

Despite his success in capturing Detroit, Brock was, in some ways, the most unlikely of heroes. He was admired by his American foes almost as much as by his own people and was revered far and wide. This reputation was furthered by his success in winning Tecumseh's trust and ensuring that the great Native leader's formidable army was loyal to the British. Even more striking is how a British general whose military role in that two-and-a-half-year war lasted less than five months became the best known hero and one revered far and wide.

Astonishing General is Wesley B. Turner's exploration of this unlikely hero and his astounding legacy.

Wesley B. Turner earned his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from Duke University. He taught history in high schools and at Brock University for thirty-one years before retiring. Turner lives in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

From the same author:
The War of 1812: The War that Both Sides Won

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