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.
Packed plenty of history into a short book. Keep your ears open or you will miss alot. Historically balanced and not over simplified.
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.
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.
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.
interesting, fast paces
Sympathy for native americans
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.
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
Yes. This is a great survey of an important part of history largely unknown to my generation.
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.
How it showed the French and Indian war led to the American revolution.
Narration was very compelling.
Not that type of subject.
A must listen for students of American history.
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