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

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Penguin, Nov 28, 2006 - History - 320 pages
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The globe's first true world war comes vividly to life in this "rich, cautionary tale" (The New York Times Book Review)

The French and Indian War -the North American phase of a far larger conflagration, the Seven Years' War-remains one of the most important, and yet misunderstood, episodes in American history. Fred Anderson takes readers on a remarkable journey through the vast conflict that, between 1755 and 1763, destroyed the French Empire in North America, overturned the balance of power on two continents, undermined the ability of Indian nations to determine their destinies, and lit the "long fuse" of the American Revolution. Beautifully illustrated and recounted by an expert storyteller, The War That Made America is required reading for anyone interested in the ways in which war has shaped the history of America and its peoples.


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User Review  - la2bkk - LibraryThing

The best history of the French and Indian War I have read. The author summarizes the participants, events and ramifications of this complicated war using a style which will appeal both to novices and those with a particular interest in the subject. Highly recommended. Read full review

THE WAR THAT MADE AMERICA: A Short History of the French and Indian War

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

"Even the most complete victories can sow the seeds of reversal and defeat for victors too dazzled by success to remember that they are, in fact, only human": a smartly written history of the Seven ... Read full review

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CHAPTER ONE A Delicate Balance
CHAPTER THREE Confrontation on the Ohio
CHAPTER FIVE Intervention
CHAPTER SEVEN A Lake Defended a Province Purged
CHAPTER EIGHT La Guerre Sauvage
CHAPTER TEN The Making of a Massacre
CHAPTER TWELVE The Red Cross of Carillon
CHAPTER NINETEEN Incident at La Belle Famille
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX Crisis and Resolution

CHAPTER FIFTEEN Makers of War Makers of Peace

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About the author (2006)

Fred Anderson is professor of history at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the author of several books, including Crucible of War, which won the Francis Parkman and Mark Lynton prizes.

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