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The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War (2005)

by Fred Anderson

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The best history of the French and Indian War I have read. The author summarizes the participants, events and ramifications of this complicated war using a style which will appeal both to novices and those with a particular interest in the subject. Highly recommended. ( )
  la2bkk | Jun 30, 2013 |
Excellent concise survey of the French and Indian War. Anderson writes an engaging narrative supported by wonderful maps and reproductions of primary source materials. Strongly recommended as an entry point to this fascinating era of history. ( )
  JLHeim | Mar 31, 2013 |
per WSJ Shribman 12/14/05

excellent
  namfos | Sep 8, 2011 |
In the early1750s three nations struggled for control of a very strategic piece of North American real estate: the Ohio County. They had very different plans for it. For England’s colonies spread along on the eastern coast of the continent it was land to be settled and farmed. For France it was a link between its trading outposts on the Mississippi and St. Lawrence Valleys, a vital transportation and commercial link with its Native American trading partners. For the Iroquois Confederacy it was land to fall back on and protect their culture from the encroachments of the Europeans. Yet at the same time, trade was also important because it provided metal tools and weapons. European trading partners were far more welcome than European farmers.

Distrustful of the incursions and expeditions of Virginian land companies and Pennsylvanian traders, the governor-general of Canada, the marquis Duquesne, ordered a series of forts built between Lake Erie and the Forks of the Ohio River, a place now occupied by the city of Pittsburgh. The Virginia colonial government was incensed by the action, alerted London, and was given the authority, along with other colonial governments, to act against these encroachments. So an expedition led by a young but ambitious Virginia major, George Washington, was sent to the Forks of the Ohio to remove the French by force.

The results were disastrous for the English, both militarily and diplomatically. It was the first blood spilled in what would become The Seven Years War, a war that stretched from North America to the east across an ocean to Europe, Africa, India and the Philippines. English historian and Prime Minister Winston Churchill referred to it as “the first world war.” The outcome in North America led first to English victory, and then, a decade later, to the revolt of its original colonies. A major theme of Anderson’s book is to show how the political and financial cost of the war with the French and Indians sowed the seeds of the war of revolution. This is a well written, well illustrated, and informative history. ( )
  MaowangVater | Dec 6, 2009 |
There are positives and negatives with this book. On the plus side, you'd be hard pressed to find a more thorough account of the war in so few pages. While the book is just under 300 pages, the actual text takes up only about 200-225 after you consider the many, many portraits, maps, etc. (another plus, in my opinion).

As for the negatives, I find Dr. Anderson's writing in many spots to be quite dry, bordering on boring. Counterintuitively, there were bits that I found riveting. Anderson can be hard to follow, as he jumps around quite a lot, between dates and locales.

My biggest quibble with this book is the absence of footnotes. When reading a history book, I like to know where information is coming from, so I can check up on it. I find it dishonest (for lack of a better word) when historians don't use them.

Informative, and you could certainly do worse, but my reservations about the book prevent me from enthusiastically recommending it. Therefore, it earns a mild recommendation. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143038044, Paperback)

The globe's first true world war comes vividly to life in this "rich, cautionary tale" (The New York Times Book Review)

The French and Indian War -the North American phase of a far larger conflagration, the Seven Years' War-remains one of the most important, and yet misunderstood, episodes in American history. Fred Anderson takes readers on a remarkable journey through the vast conflict that, between 1755 and 1763, destroyed the French Empire in North America, overturned the balance of power on two continents, undermined the ability of Indian nations to determine their destinies, and lit the "long fuse" of the American Revolution. Beautifully illustrated and recounted by an expert storyteller, The War That Made America is required reading for anyone interested in the ways in which war has shaped the history of America and its peoples.

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Examines how the French and Indian War of the mid-eighteenth century had a definitive impact on history, tracing how it served to overturn the balance of power on two continents and laid the groundwork for the American Revolution.

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