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Reviewed by: Major John R. Grodzinski, CD, PhD, Assistant Professor Dept. of History, Royal Military College of Canada.
Zig Misiak’s intent was to create an easy-to-read general overview, of the War of 1812, for the “casual consumer of history” (p. 13). Misiak photographed 29 historic locations between Detroit to the Niagara Frontier, and then added commentaries, maps and drawings for each site, to create a beautifully illustrated work, that is useful in a number of ways.
Teachers and students will find it an excellent source for use in the classroom, while general readers will enjoy exploring these locales from the comfort of their homes; however, everyone will recognize this book as a wonderful guide for visiting these historic sites – travels that are assisted by the “Route 1812 Map,” and the GPS coordinates that are provided for each historic location.
War of 1812: Highlighting Native Nations, is a well-presented and useful publication that offers an excellent introduction to the history of the First Nations in the War of 1812.