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The French and Indian War: Deciding the Fate of North America

by Walter R. Borneman

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    Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 by Fred Anderson (waltzmn)
    waltzmn: Walter R. Borneman's history of the Seven Years' War is highly readable and a good general overview, but it's relatively short. Those wishing for a fuller view, with more detail, will be wel-served by Fred Anderson's thorough, well-documented volume.
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One of the better accounts of the French & Indian War.

The author provides a nice general background of the state of affairs in England, France, and the colonies preceding the war, and then describes the events of the actual conflict in easy reading fashion without becoming mired in unnecessary detail. Included are helpful discussions of Native American influences and discussion of the global nature of the war, a point often overlooked in American based histories.

I particularly enjoyed the final chapters which discuss matters left unresolved following the Treaty of Paris, and issues involved in the prelude to the American Revolution.

Recommended reading. ( )
  la2bkk | Oct 8, 2011 |
This book is well organized and well written, augmented with maps and reads like a novel. The author finishes with some personal "what-ifs" which are often the questions one has about historical events. ( )
  hellbent | Jul 20, 2011 |
This book gives a detailed account of the French and Indian War. This conflict was not confined to North America, but was, as the book states, the first global war. Borneman shows how conflict raged throughout the world, and how this conflict was one of the great steps towards the compilation of the British Empire. This book is a must read for anyone who is curious about the origins of America or the expansion of the British Empire. ( )
  torrey23 | Oct 23, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060761849, Hardcover)

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 would decide the fate of the entire North American continent—not just between Great Britain and France, but for the Spanish and 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 to capture such strategic linchpins as Forts Ticonderoga, Duquesne, and Niagara; legendary treks by Rogers' Rangers; and the momentous battle of Quebec on the Plains of Abraham. Here are the stories of Jeffery Amherst, the loyal soldier who did his king's bidding at the expense of his home and family; the marquis de Montcalm, Canada's champion who had to fight his own governor as well as the British; and William Pitt, the man who brashly proclaimed that only he could save England. We also encounter George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, William Shirley, Edward Braddock, and, of course, Major Robert Rogers, a legend misunderstood who stands both revered and damned.

Against the backdrop of Fortress Louisbourg in Nova Scotia, the forests surrounding Lake George in upstate New York, the Caribbean, and the fall of Quebec, Borneman poses interesting what-if questions, examining controversies that continue to this day: Did the dashing Brigadier General James Wolfe frantically wave his hat to signal retreat or to urge his troops onward to victory? What if Spain had come to the aid of France sooner? What if the affable Lord Howe had lived?

The French and Indian War: Deciding the Fate of North America presents the triumphs and tragedies of this epic struggle for a continent, placing them in the larger context of France and Great Britain's global conflict—what Samuel Eliot Morison called truly the first world war—and emphasizes that the seeds of discord sown in its aftermath would give root to the American Revolution.

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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.… (more)

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