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Tecumseh and Brock: The War of 1812

Written by James Laxer

  • 360 Pages
  • 9780887842610
  • 8.5" x 5.5"
  • HISTORY / Canada / Pre-Confederation (to 1867)



Publication Date June 02, 2012

At the dawn of the nineteenth century, the British Empire is engaged in a titanic war with Napoleonic France for global supremacy. The American Republic is quickly expanding its territory along the western frontier, while native peoples struggle to protect their lands from the relentless wave of new settlers.

Bestselling author and scholar James Laxer offers a fresh and compelling view of this decisive war, by bringing to life two major contests: the native peoples’ Endless War to establish nationhood and sovereignty on their traditional territories and the American campaign to settle its grievances with Britain through the conquest of Canada. At the heart of this story is the unlikely friendship and political alliance of Tecumseh, the Shawnee chief and charismatic leader of the native confederacy, and Major-General Isaac Brock, defender and protector of the British Crown. Together, these two towering figures secured what would become the nation of Canada.

Vividly rendered and passionately depicted, Tecumseh and Brock is a highly engaging, impeccably researched, and powerful work of history.


James Laxer

JAMES LAXER is the award-winning author of more than twenty-five books, including Staking Claims to a Continent, the #1 national bestseller Tecumseh and Brock: The War of 1812, Stalking an Elephant: My Discovery of America (published by the New Press in New York as Discovering America), and The Border: Canada, the U.S., and Dispatches from the Forty-Ninth Parallel. He is a professor of political science in the Department of Equity Studies at York University. He lives in Toronto.


"Tecumseh & Brock is comprehensive but not burdensome, a banquet of facts that can be enjoyed along with being instructive. Laxer proves Canadian history doesn’t have to be dull, particularly when told through the lives of people who lived it." Toronto Star

"Laxer has written a superb narrative of the causes, course and legacy of the war of 1812." Winnipeg Free Press

"[Laxer] displays an authoritative and sympathetic grasp of Native history ... Tecumseh and Brock promises a valuable alternative to the notion that history is invariably written by the victors." National Post

"Laxer’s book serves as a good short introduction to the war." Globe and Mail

"... a clever, scholarly and entirely readable contribution ..." Edmonton Journal

"Laxer’s splendidly written, well-crafted book is a compelling narrative bound to excite and arouse Canadians looking for a great story." Chronicle Herald

"Tecumseh and Brock stands out." Kingston Whig Standard

"Important reading to understand the nature of American expansionism, British imperialism and white colonization." Canadian Dimension