The Astonishing General: The Life and Legacy of Sir Isaac Brock (Google eBook)

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Dundurn, Jun 16, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 376 pages
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Winner of the 2011 OHS Donald Grant Creighton Award

This book is about Major General Sir Isaac Brock (1769 - October 13, 1812). It tells of his life, his career and legacy, particularly in the Canadas, and of the context within which he lived. One of the most enduring legacies of the War of 1812 on both the United States and Canadian sides was the creation of heroes and heroines. The earliest of those heroic individuals was Isaac Brock who in some ways was the most unlikely of heroes. For one thing, he was admired by his American foes almost as much as by his own people. 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. Wesley B. Turner finds this outcome astonishing and approaches the subject from that point of view.

  

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

User Review  - Brandon - Goodreads

This is a book I was really excited to open, but found myself dragging myself through. I love reading biographies and about history in general, but this one was really dry. I was expecting to read ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Shonna Froebel - Goodreads

This book is an account of Isaac Brock, focusing on his time in Canada. Very little is here about his life before coming to Canada, and most of this book is limited to external views on his life. The ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
9
The World of Isaac Brock
15
Isaac Brock Joins the Army
25
Early Years in the Canadas 180207 From Regimental Commander to Commander of the Forces
33
Brock An Officer with Many Roles 180810
49
Brock in Upper Canada 181011
55
1812 Preparations for War
79
War Breaks Out in the North and West
107
Timeline of Brocks Life
241
Brocks Speeches to the Legislature
245
Proclamations
255
Biographies of Significant Individuals
263
Inventory of Brocks Estate and Purchasers
279
Notes
285
Bibiliography
347
Acknowledgements
361

Brock Goes to War
129
Brocks Last Battle
155
Sheaffes Day
189
The War Continues
207
The Making of a Hero Reflections on Brock
221
Index
363
By the Same Author
371
BACK COVER
377
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About the author (2011)

Wesley B. Turner earned his Honours BA and MA from the University of Toronto and a PhD from Duke University. He taught history in high schools and at Brock University for thirty-one years before retiring. Author of five books, seven biographies in the DCB, articles, and book reviews, Wesley is also a member of many historical societies. He lives in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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