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A conflict examined: Recent books on the War of 1812

Bicentennial events for the War of 1812 are already underway, and Canada’s History magazine is publishing a series of feature-length articles. Here we present a selection of currently available books for those who would like to explore the conflict in even greater detail.

The titles listed below examine topics ranging from recognized heroes such as Tecumseh, Laura Secord, and Isaac Brock to the sacking of York (now Toronto), naval skirmishes, and everyday life during the war. Some provide wide-ranging overviews of the conflict.

Many of these books have already been reviewed in Canada’s History magazine or included among our website’s Featured Titles listings, while reviews of other titles are in progress. We hope you find something to suit your interests!

Recently reviewed in Canada’s History magazine

Cover: A Neighbourly War: New Brunswick and the War of 1812A Neighbourly War: New Brunswick and the War of 1812
by Robert L. Dallison







Cover: Four Wars of 1812Four Wars of 1812: One War, Four Perspectives
by D. Peter Macleod






The War of 1812: Conflict for a Continent
by J.C.A. Stagg







Tecumseh and Brock: The War of 1812
by James Laxer







Cover: A Matter of HonourA Matter of Honour: The Life, Campaigns and Generalship of Isaac Brock
by Jonathon Riley







Cover: The Astonishing GeneralThe Astonishing General: The Life and Legacy of Sir Isaac Brock
by Wesley B. Turner







Cover: 1812: The Navy's War1812: The Navy’s War
by George C. Daughan







Cover: Battle for the BayBattle for the Bay: The Naval War of 1812
by Joshua M. Smith







Cover: The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian AlliesThe Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies
by Alan Taylor







Cover: Niagara 1814: The Final InvasionNiagara 1814: The Final Invasion
by Jon Latimer







Cover: Strange Fatality: The Battle of Stoney Creek, 1813Strange Fatality: The Battle of Stoney Creek, 1813
by James E. Elliott







Cover: Capital in Flames: The American Attack on York, 1813Capital in Flames: The American Attack on York, 1813
by Robert Malcomson









More recently released War of 1812 titles


1812: A Guide to the War and its Legacy
edited by Terry Copp et al.







The Flames of War: The Fight for Upper Canada, July-December 1813
by Richard Feltoe





1812: A Traveler's Guide to the War that Defined a Continent
by National Geographic





The War of 1812: Writings from America's Second War of Independence
edited by Donald R. Hickey



 

Cover: The Pendulum of War: The Fight for Upper Canada, January–June 1813The Pendulum of War: The Fight for Upper Canada, January–June 1813
by Richard Feltoe







Cover: An Unfinished War: War of 1812 Poetry & ProseAn Unfinished War: War of 1812 Poetry & Prose
Edited by John B. Lee







Cover: Laura Secord: Heroine of the War of 1812Laura Secord: Heroine of the War of 1812
by Peggy Dymond Leavey







Cover: Hoping for the Best, Preparing for the Worst: Everyday Life in Upper Canada, 1812–1814Hoping for the Best, Preparing for the Worst: Everyday Life in Upper Canada, 1812–1814
by Dorothy Duncan







Cover: The War of 1812: A Guide to Battlefields and Historic SitesThe War of 1812: A Guide to Battlefields and Historic Sites
by John Grant and Ray Jones







Cover: Forts of the War of 1812Forts of the War of 1812
by René Chartrand







Cover: The Weight of Vengeance: The United States, the British Empire, and the War of 1812The Weight of Vengeance: The United States, the British Empire, and the War of 1812
by Troy Bickham







Cover: Canada on Fire: The War of 1812Canada on Fire: The War of 1812
by Jennifer Crump







Reprinted for the war’s bicentennial


British Generals in the War of 1812British Generals in the War of 1812: High Command in the Canadas
by Wesley B. Turner







Cover: Pierre Berton’s War of 1812Pierre Berton’s War of 1812
by Pierre Berton







A Wampum Denied: Procter’s War of 1812
by Sandy Antal

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