The French and Indian War

The French and Indian War

Deciding the Fate of North America

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In the summer of 1754, deep in the wilderness of western Pennsylvania, a very young George Washington suffered his first military defeat, and a centuries-old feud between Great Britain and France was rekindled. The war that followed, which one historian called truly the first world war, would decide the fate of the entire North American continent--not just between Great Britain and France, but for the Spanish and the Native Americans as well. Fought across virgin wilderness, from Nova Scotia to the forks of the Ohio River, the French and Indian War is best remembered for dogged frontier campaigns and the momentous battle of Quebec on the Plains of Abraham--and the seeds of discord sown in its aftermath would give root to the American Revolution. We encounter George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, William Pitt, William Shirley, Edward Braddock, Wolfe and Montcalm, and Major Robert Rogers, a legend misunderstood.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2006
ISBN: 9780060761844
0060761849
Branch Call Number: 973.26 BOR
Characteristics: xxiii, 360 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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marktomecko Jul 19, 2014

I really enjoyed Borneman's 1812, but this book fell a little short of that one. I do not like when authors seem to be talking to me conversationally in their text (like when Borneman writes, "We left Brigadier James Wolfe in August 1758, as he was savoring the fall of Louisbourg...") or when authors ask questions in the text ("And what of the flaming James Wolfe?") That said, I found this book to be a very readable introduction to the French and Indian War. The maps that are included are also very helpful for understanding the geography of the different theaters of war. Finally, several published reviews were critical of the lack of Indian perspective in the book, and I have to agree that it is severely lacking.

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