Tecumseh and Brock: The War of 1812
Written by James Laxer
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, a professor of political science at York University in Toronto, has a wealth of experience analyzing American society. His best-selling book, Stalking the Elephant: My Discovery of America was described by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Boston Globe David Shribman as "a book by a Canadian that can change the United States." The book was by published by the New Press in New York under the title Discovering America: Travels in the Land of Guns, God and Corporate Gurus. One of Canada’s leading political thinkers, Laxer is frequently consulted for commentary of current national and global issues by the media. 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