This is the third volume in the Canadian History Series which was preceded by Costain's The White and the Gold and Rutledge's Century of Confli. This history of Canadian military action against America and her own inner dissension from the pre-Revolutionary years up to 1850 is also the story of Canada's discovery of herself, as an individual people, and the formation of her own social values and national spirit. The gunpowder at Quebec and the violence waged at Montreal conceal to come extent the process by which the United States' quest for independence made Canadians aware of themselves and bent upon their own destiny. There is too much war, too much of strategy and heroism, but perhaps the author's true objective is simply to record the progress of the actual fighting. If so, he has completely achieved his end, and needlessly raised a more challenging theme.