The Astonishing General

The Astonishing General

The Life and Legacy of Sir Isaac Brock

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Univ of Toronto Pr

One of the most enduring legacies of the War of 1812 was the creation of heroes and heroines. The earliest of those heroic individuals was Isaac Brock. Its striking 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.


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.



Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2011
ISBN: 9781554887774
Branch Call Number: 971.03209 BRO
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rb3221 Mar 25, 2015

This is more of a college textbook than a novel as it has almost 600 references and quotes with appendices on his speeches, an inventory of his estate and purchases at his death as well as brief biographies of all the significant individuals (American and Canadian). A very good final chapter deals with how his image quickly flourished immediately after his death and to this day, a short analysis of the fateful day of his death, and a look at him as a man as well as a soldier. Well researched but at times a bit difficult to read.

Cdnbookworm Sep 06, 2011

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 author includes some excerpts from letters and other personal papers, but I left the book without a strong feeling about this man. I don't feel that I really got a sense of who he was. Some of the information given here about his life and actions seems contradictory, and other information is less substantiated by other sources.
He definitely seems dedicated to his military responsibilities, but also with a strong sense of family, despite his distance from them. The information gathered in this book is interesting, and includes a great deal around Isaac's role in the War of 1812. I was sometimes confused by the jumping back and forth in time when the author started one discussion and seemed distracted by certain elements, going forward in time or to other viewpoints.
There were times when the view jumped back and forth between Canadian and U.S. sides of the battle without clear delineation. Despite these issues, I learned a lot from this book and was intrigued by Brock as a person. An interesting addition to the Canadian historical record.

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