The War of 1812 lasted 32 months between the United States and the British Empire, and while the events that led up to it are mostly agreed upon, how it is remembered varies greatly among the countries involved. In Canada, and specifically in Ontario, it is often remembered with great pride that they thwarted a perceived annexation attempt by the United States. In the United States, sentiment varies from it being the second war of independence to America's first foray into international politics. However, it has largely been forgotten by the British as it is seen as a footnote to the larger Napoleonic Wars in Europe. Everett Tomlinson has written a very accessible history of the war that is too often overlooked.