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  • Crucible of War

  • The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766
  • By: Fred Anderson
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 29 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

In this vivid and compelling narrative, the Seven Years' War - long seen as a mere backdrop to the American Revolution - takes on a whole new significance. Relating the history of the war as it developed, Anderson shows how the complex array of forces brought into conflict helped both to create Britain's empire and to sow the seeds of its eventual dissolution. Beginning with a skirmish in the Pennsylvania backcountry involving an inexperienced George Washington, the Iroquois chief Tanaghrisson, and the ill-fated French emissary Jumonville, Anderson reveals a chain of events that would lead to world conflagration.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Detailed History

  • By Daniel on 07-15-18

Long but really interesting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-18

Was skeptical that a book of this length on this topic would keep my interest. But, I liked it. And much of what I learned in history classes about the seven years war was crap. This book tells the story of the first global war as more than prologue to the American Revolution. This war shaped the future of North America, the indigenous peoples who lived there, America, Canada, Britain, Spain and France.

  • Napoleon

  • A Life
  • By: Andrew Roberts
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 32 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,916
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,910

Andrew Roberts' Napoleon is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon's thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation. At last we see him as he was: protean multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book

  • By Steve on 12-21-14

A new look at a dynamic figure.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-15

Almost everything you learned about Napoleon as a child was wrong. A new look at one of the world's most dynamic figures.