Pierre Berton

Pierre Berton, Canada's most widely read historian, was born in the Yukon and educated at UBC. Author of forty-seven books, he has received three Governor General's awards for nonfiction, two Nellies for broadcasting, two National Newspaper awards, the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and the National History Society's first award for "distinguished achievement in popularizing Canadian history." He holds eleven honorary degrees, is a member of the Newsman's Hall of Fame, and is a Companion of the Order of Canada.
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A sweeping history of this natural
wonder.

“The noble cataract reflects the concerns, the fancies, and
the failings of the times. If we gaze deeply enough into its shimmering image,
we can perhaps discern our own.” — Pierre Berton

“[Pierre Berton] makes a
serious and convincing case for Niagara’s pivotal role in North American history
… His Niagara is a lodestar for North American culture and invention: site of
the first railway suspension bridge, inspiration for Nikola Tesla’s discovery of
the principle of alternating current, and the subject of Frederic Church’s most
celebrated landscape; a natural wonder that has bewitched generations of
scientists, authors and utopians, and stimulated innovations and social
movements still casting long shadows … surprising, rich and engrossing.” —
New York Times Book Review

“Canadian historian Berton tells dozens
of absorbing tales about the region and those who passed through it … He tells
them all superbly, aided by essential maps and a few reproductions of posters
advertising some of the more bizarre stunts.” — Publishers
Weekly

 “Entertaining … Berton brings to life the adventurers and
dreamers, visionaries and industrialists, who over centuries have been drawn to
the Falls.” — Maclean’s

“Berton at his storytelling best; there is
something for everyone … a vintage, full-bodied read.” — The London Free
Press

“A book worth diving into.” — Calgary
Herald

“By turns ironic, amused, shocked, horrified and awestruck,
Berton traces Niagara’s history through the deeds of those who came in contact
with it … all the while walking the fine line between detachment and emotion
with agility and grace.” — The Whig-Standard (Kingston)
“If history could be taught in the schools the way Berton writes about it, there wouldn’t be a more popular subject on the curriculum.” —The Globe and Mail
 
Of all the wars fought by the English-speaking peoples, this was one of the strangest—a war entered into blindly and fought (also blindly) by men out of touch not only with reality but also with their own forces.
 
To America’s leaders in 1812, an invasion of Canada seemed to be “a mere matter of marching,” as Thomas Jefferson confidently predicted. How could a nation of eight million fail to subdue a struggling colony of three hundred thousand? Yet, when the campaign ended, the only Americans left on Canadian soil were prisoners of war. Three American armies had been forced to surrender, and the British were in control of all of Michigan Territory and much of Indiana and Ohio.
 
In this remarkable account of the War of 1812’s first year and the events that led up to it, Pierre Berton transforms history into an engrossing narrative that reads like a fast-paced novel. Drawing on personal memoirs and diaries as well as official dispatches, the author gets inside the characters of the men who fought the war—the common soldiers as well as the generals, the bureaucrats and the profiteers, the traitors and the loyalists.
 
“A popular history as it should be written.” —The New York Times
 
“A catalogue of ironies and follies—dramatized through dispatches from each of the warring camps—which leaves hardly a legend intact.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“A wonderful historical work . . . a book of love, ambition, guile, heroism, tragedy and cowardice.” —The Detroit News
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