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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 04-27-15
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 04-27-15 Member Since 2012

    I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.

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    What did you like best about The War That Made America? What did you like least?

    Not sure I liked anything the least....this was a solid overview of the French/Indian War. Well researched and providing background on the key players.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    This war set the stage for a country on the brink of the revolution. The ending set that up nicely.


    What aspect of Simon Vance’s performance would you have changed?

    There were a ton of French references in this book, he portrayed them well. I thought he did a very good job.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Sure.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to catch up on this era of history. Hard core history buffs might find it too simplistic but it helped me fill in some gaps on my knowledge of the country during this early era. Well worth the effort.

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    bd 04-13-15
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    "Rich in military detail"

    This is a book for those who already have a general understanding of this war and its context and want to explore its logistics more profoundly.

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    Scott O. Hill 02-21-15 Member Since 2009
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    Book is a well researched account of the French & Indian war with conclusions made as to the impact it had on the American Revolution.

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    Gary Schnitkey DEWEY, IL, US 03-30-13
    Gary Schnitkey DEWEY, IL, US 03-30-13 Member Since 2012
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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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    Tom Orrs Island, ME, United States 12-05-11
    Tom Orrs Island, ME, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2004
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The War That Made America to be better than the print version?

    Can't compare


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Montcalm, but I can't explain why.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have liked to, but it was too long. I listened to most of it on a very long drive.


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    This is a fascinating piece of history that most Americans know VERY little about. It is of particular interest to me because mush of it took place where I grew up, in upstate NY. The narrator mispronounces the name of my home town, Schenectady. It is not that hard to find out the correct way to pronounce it.

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    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 07-21-08
    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 07-21-08 Member Since 2014

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    "Good (Though Biased) History, A Bit Dry"

    This covers a period of history that is touched on in biographies of George Washington and others. However, it is hard to get a perspective on the French & Indian War. You will get that here. However, you will have to concentrate at times and get through a lot of names, places, and numbers. I read lots of histories, and I seek out ones that are more enjoyable.

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    Raymond Canton, GA, United States 04-25-12
    Raymond Canton, GA, United States 04-25-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This is a great survey of an important part of history largely unknown to my generation.


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    William Bell San Diego, CA 01-07-09
    William Bell San Diego, CA 01-07-09 Member Since 2012
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    It's sad that such an important time in our history can be presented in such a boring format. It doesn't help that the reader utilizes a painfully supercilious English accent.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful

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