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The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War | [Fred Anderson]

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

Apart from The Last of the Mohicans, most Americans know little of the French and Indian War, also known as the Seven Years' War, and yet it remains one of the most fascinating periods in our history. In January 2006, PBS will air The War That Made America, a four-part documentary about this epic conflict. Fred Anderson, the award-winning and critically acclaimed historian, has written the official tie-in to this exciting television event.
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Apart from The Last of the Mohicans, most Americans know little of the French and Indian War, also known as the Seven Years' War, and yet it remains one of the most fascinating periods in our history. In January 2006, PBS will air The War That Made America, a four-part documentary about this epic conflict. Fred Anderson, the award-winning and critically acclaimed historian, has written the official tie-in to this exciting television event.

In The War That Made America, Anderson deftly shows how the expansion of the British colonies into French territory in the 1750s and the ongoing Native American struggle for survival would erupt into seven years of bloodshed and unrest spreading from the backwoods of Pennsylvania to the high courts of Europe, eventually overturning the balance of power on two continents and laying the groundwork for the American Revolution. Beautifully illustrated, richly detailed, and utterly compelling, this is the story of how America as we know it today emerged from a series of fractured colonies and warring tribes into a nation ripe for independence, and nobody tells this story better than Fred Anderson.

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What the Critics Say

"Like the best popular historians, Anderson combines exhaustive research and an accessible prose style in a volume that should help rescue the French and Indian War from historical obscurity." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Michael Silver Spring, MD, United States 03-15-10
    Michael Silver Spring, MD, United States 03-15-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A thorough and absorbing history"

    This is a thorough and absorbing history of mid-18th century colonial America and the war that laid the foundations of our modern republic. Anderson is an outstanding historian and an expert in the field. This military and political history is a shorter version of the longer, more nuanced study in his "Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766." Nevertheless, this book is a worthy history in itself. Anderson's analysis is balanced and even-handed throughout, and hardly an apologia for any particular side in the war. His research speaks for itself, and the native Americans fare no better than the British and French in the accounts of their mistaken judgments, greed and duplicity. Listeners will have to draw their own conclusions about the allegedly "revisionist" nature of Anderson's treatment of white policy toward native Americans since 1620, but I suggest it is very far from a "blame white America" work. This is a most interesting study of a little-known period in our history and well worth the attention one pays to it.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Peter st paul, MN, United States 12-17-10
    Peter st paul, MN, United States 12-17-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Quick and solid"

    Packed plenty of history into a short book. Keep your ears open or you will miss alot. Historically balanced and not over simplified.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Fred Smith Plano, Texas 08-23-06
    Charles Fred Smith Plano, Texas 08-23-06 Member Since 2006
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    "French and Indian War"

    A mini-series of the same name was produced for PBS and it attracted my attention. I had never realized the impact the "French and Indian" war had on the eventual American Revolution. This book describes in detail the travails of the Americans and British in fighting a guerilla war on the western frontier in 1752. It also shows how the Indians became the big losers in this war as they were nearly exterminated in the next 150 years. This is a detailed account in many respects but provides knowlege to the armchair American historian that is somehow missing in our British slanted formal education.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-29-13
    Susan Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "History Trumps Fiction"
    If you could sum up The War That Made America in three words, what would they be?

    This book masterfully tied up some loose ends in my knowledge of pre-revolutionary North American History


    What other book might you compare The War That Made America to and why?

    It was written in the woven style of Chernow in Washington: A Life. George was a key figure in the French and Indian war,also.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Simon Vance should be cloned. He is an excellent narrator who moves to French with ease and whose cadence is perfect.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Blood and Gore for a Winning Score


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate the intrigues of the Iroquois League much better. What better way for Quakers to fight than to have Indians do it for them!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Pittsburgh, PA, United States 07-04-12
    Robert Pittsburgh, PA, United States 07-04-12 Member Since 2005
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    Would you listen to The War That Made America again? Why?

    Yes, helped me understand what was going on


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Washington , he was the hero


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The treatment of the Indians


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed

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    Andrius New Castle, NH, United States 05-07-12
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    What made the experience of listening to The War That Made America the most enjoyable?

    Well writen and compelling for anyone who has an interest in history. Well performed


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    James Villa Rica, GA, USA 12-31-06
    James Villa Rica, GA, USA 12-31-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Good book not a great book"

    The book suffered a bit with revisionist history and some PC but not bad. It did a good job of reflecting the normal miscalculations on all sides that lead to most Wars. Alot of effort was made to make Washington look less Christian than his own writings did. But a good review of a war not much covered.

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    Robert Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-27-13
    Robert Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Good Overview of The FIW!"

    I enjoy reading about the French Indian War, and this audiobook was a pleasure to listen to. It gives a great overview of the war, but is very Washington-centric. Simon Vance does a good job of narrating, and pulls it off so that you don't find it boring at all. Highly recommended!

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    Gary Schnitkey DEWEY, IL, US 03-30-13
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    "Nicely done history"
    If you could sum up The War That Made America in three words, what would they be?

    interesting, fast paces


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Washington


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Excellent


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sympathy for native americans


    Any additional comments?

    Brought to life the history of the French and Indian War. Most interesting to me was the positioning of the Native Americans, French, and British. Also interesting was the lack of knowledge of both the French and British commanders. I highly recommend the book.

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    Robert No. Little Rock, Ar, United States 12-06-11
    Robert No. Little Rock, Ar, United States 12-06-11 Member Since 2012

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    Would you listen to The War That Made America again? Why?

    First off, sound quality outstanding, the more books I listen to the more I realize this isn't always the case. The history itself is great. I love history and most of this was new information. Highly reccomend this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How it showed the French and Indian war led to the American revolution.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Narration was very compelling.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not that type of subject.


    Any additional comments?

    A must listen for students of American history.

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