Blood and Daring will change our views not just of Canada's relationship with the United States, but of the Civil War, Confederation and Canada itself. In Blood and Daring, lauded historian John Boyko makes a compelling argument that Confederation occurred when and as it did largely because of the pressures of the Civil War. Many readers will be shocked by Canada's deep connection to the war--Canadians fought in every major battle, supplied arms to the South, and many key Confederate meetings took place on Canadian soil. Filled with engaging stories and astonishing facts from previously unaccessed primary sources, Boyko's fascinating new interpretation of the war will appeal to all readers of history.
John Boyko is the author of 4 previous books, including the critically acclaimed Bennett: The Rebel Who Challenged and Changed a Nation and Last Steps to Freedom: The Evolution of Canadian Racism. He is a teacher and administrator at Lakefield College School, and an op-ed contributor to newspapers across Canada. The author lives in Lakefield, ON.
Praise for Blood and Daring: NATIONAL BESTSELLER "A wonderful and seamless popular history full of colourful characters, intrigue and political backstabbing of the first order." National Post "A thrilling, near-theatrical look at the years leading up to Confederation.... The...protagonists are...cleverly selected to round out the account.... The authoritative narration is clear, precise, and entirely enjoyable for non-scholars. The book presents a startlingly unfamiliar and ominously dangerous period in Canadian-American relations; the world's longest undefended border was in danger of bursting into flames, unless a unified country could emerge from the tangle of British colonies. It's the birth of Canada in all its glory and muck." Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Boyko has spun a compelling narrative. Better still, it's supported by just the right measure of academic rigour." Winnipeg Free Press "A fast-paced read, and Boyko skillfully weaves together the complex and conflict-filled Canadian, British and American wartime policy." The Globe and Mail