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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"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)
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.
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.
The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.
This book was alright, but I really expected more on the Indian part based upon the prologue. Still, the title does say Short, so I should have expected what I got, I guess. Not a bad intro, and I did learn somethings, particularly about Washington.
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!
This book masterfully tied up some loose ends in my knowledge of pre-revolutionary North American History
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.
Simon Vance should be cloned. He is an excellent narrator who moves to French with ease and whose cadence is perfect.
Blood and Gore for a Winning Score
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!!
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.
Yes, helped me understand what was going on
Washington , he was the hero
The treatment of the Indians
Well writen and compelling for anyone who has an interest in history. Well performed
A great reading of a fascinating story connecting the French and Indian War to the American Revolution. The only minor his hearing aid British pronouncing names so familiar in the United States
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