It wasn't a published book, it was an excerpt of an interview taken of him when he had just arrived from the mountains of Washington looking for the American Bigfoot, of which he is the only known human to see more than once.
During the interview he said that a seer told the Brits somethng about Detroit being famous for something called the horseless carriage. The Canadians and Brits thought that was just too strange and decided to force the Yanks to take back Detroit.
All true enough ILS but you have not mentioned the main reason the British refused to keep Detroit. If you read Ambroses' blockbuster "We don't need this Motown $%^" (1968) Maxwell House Publishing, you will get another perspective on this curious historical incident. From Chapter 3:
..after Hulls' surrender, when Major General Isaac Brock and his Indian ally, Tecumseh, entered the sprawling metropolis that was Detroit, the Englishman was aghast. On every street corner there were people; some playing a strange kind of music, on even stranger looking instruments, while elsewhere groups of ladies were singing, while gyrating their hips and making all sorts of strange movements.
Brock looked at Tecumseh in utter bemusment. The Indian exclaimed with one of his one liners (for which he was so famous) "what the $%^& is this $%^&?". "Well quite", responded the rather non-plussed Englishman.
Brock apprehensively walked over to one of the musicians to enquire what was going on. The man, a black man with frizzy hair that exploded from the top of his head, stopped playing his instrument and looked up "Hey whassup bro? waz happenin my man?" He gave Tecumseh a quizical look, and centred on the trousers the Indian was wearing which flared out at the bottom "Cool - I got have me some of those".
"I say, would you be so kind as to tell me what is going on here?" asked Brock. "Sure thing bro - we auditionin for a new record company - Motown Records - just set up in town". The American then pointed to a young lady singing into a strange phallic looking device that Brock had never encountered before, "That the favourite right over there - Diana Ross is her name". "Why, you wanna audition too?"
"Er..certainly not" retorted the officer, visibly shaken "I have never heard such a noise in all my life". "What do you think Tecumseh?".
"I think we get the %^&*& out of this strange %^&*ing place!"
"I think you're %^&*ing right old boy - let's go.
On their way out of Detroit, the two soldiers passed one of the Motown executives walking in the opposite direction. The American acknowledged Brock "Hey bro - great piece of soldiery there to take the city, respect man". Isaac was eager to get away from this foreign land but responded with pride, "Well you know the British Army when it wants to achieve an objective - there is not a mountain high enough, nor a valley low enough, narily a river wide enough to keep us from accomplishing our goal". The American gave a smile and continued walking, a thought having suddenly come into his head.
And with that, the British / Indian army turned around and headed back for the peace and tranquility of Canada. Interestingly, this book also gives an indication of Ms Ross' real age*.
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