Great book with a point of view not heard before, with the ring of truth that shatters many American legends. All war is civil war, said Carl Jung, because was is an outward projection of our inner battles. Citizens of countries who won their "freedom" in the wake of American revolutionary spirit seem to be willing to exchange those freedoms for perceived safety. As this book shows, its always been that way.
This extremely well-written book opens a chapter of American history probably known to few, and to no one in such depth. For Canadians, this book will help elucidate how we became a separate people; for Americans, it will help you to see your own history with fresh eyes. The author is American, and he is not a Canadian patriot, but he does illuminate how and why the American invasion of Canada, which many thought would bring Canada to the US as a part of her manifest destiny, failed so miserably. You do not know this story. Trust me on this.
Alan Taylor has won the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes for his histories of early America. He is the Thomas Jefferson Professor of History at the University of Virginia.