The Astonishing General

The Astonishing General

The Life and Legacy of Sir Isaac Brock

Book - 2011
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The War of 1812 created heroes and heroines on both the Canadian and American sides, and Sir Isaac Brock was the best-known, although his military role lasted less than five months. Surprisingly, he was admired almost equally by both sides, and his succcess in winning the support of Tecumseh and his army for the British added to his reputation. This book tells of his life, career and legacy.
Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9781554887774
Branch Call Number: 971.032092 Brock-T
Characteristics: 369 p. : ill., maps.


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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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