The Astonishing General - Dundurn

The Astonishing General

The Life and Legacy of Sir Isaac Brock

Published June 2011


Winner of the 2011 OHS Donald Grant Creighton Award

This book is about Major General Sir Isaac Brock (1769 - October 13, 1812). It tells of his life, his career and legacy, particularly in the Canadas, and of the context within which he lived. One of the most enduring legacies of the War of 1812 on both the United States and Canadian sides was the creation of heroes and heroines. The earliest of those heroic individuals was Isaac Brock who in some ways was the most unlikely of heroes. For one thing, he was admired by his American foes almost as much as by his own people. Even more striking is how a British general whose military role in that two-and-a-half-year war lasted less than five months became the best known hero and one revered far and wide. Wesley B. Turner finds this outcome astonishing and approaches the subject from that point of view.



Wesley B. Turner

Dr. Wesley B. Turner is Associate Professor of History at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. His previous publications include Life in Upper Canada, The War of 1812 in the Niagara Peninsula, The War of 1812: The War for Canada, Album of Upper Canada and contributor of several biographies in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. He was president of the Ontario Historical Society and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the St. Catharines Historical Museum.

Book Details

June 2011
376 pp
June 2011
376 pp
June 2011
6x9 in
376 pp