A Few Acres of Snow: The Saga of the French and Indian Warsby Robert Leckie
"A Few Acres of Snow" The Saga of the French and Indian Wars Robert Leckie King Louis XV of France was in conversation with Voltaire when he received the dreadful news that Canada was no longer French, but British. Aware of his sovereign’s anguish, Voltaire spoke to him consolingly: "After all, Sire, what have we losta few acres of snow?" To read… See more details below
"A Few Acres of Snow" The Saga of the French and Indian Wars Robert Leckie King Louis XV of France was in conversation with Voltaire when he received the dreadful news that Canada was no longer French, but British. Aware of his sovereign’s anguish, Voltaire spoke to him consolingly: "After all, Sire, what have we losta few acres of snow?" To read this expansive book is to recognize Voltaire’s wry consolation as one of the greatest understatements in history. Indeed, "A Few Acres of Snow": The Saga of the French and Indian Warswhich spans seven tumultuous decades of pre-Revolutionary American historycomprises much more than its subtitle suggests. By the time readers reach the climactic seven-year struggle of the French and Indian War, acclaimed military historian Robert Leckie has already illuminated in unrivaled detail the brutal combat, passionate conviction, and rugged determination behind the preceding three great colonial wars between England and France: the War of the Grand Alliance (King William’s War), the War of the Spanish Succession (Queen Anne’s War), and the War of the Austrian Succession (King George’s War). As in his previous bestselling historical sagas, Leckie imbues this latest with his celebrated sense of drama and eye for colorful, cinematic detail. His graphic, up-close depictions of countless battles waged through the trackless American wilderness speak powerfully to the horror and misery of the violent struggle. "A Few Acres of Snow" is particularly effective for its close attention to the far-reaching political and cultural origins leading up to the North American conflicthearkening all the way back to the twilight of medieval times. From the increasing fragility of Christianity’s supremacy in an age of discovery and expansion, to the intricate machinations and power plays of kings and queens, to the emergence of an astonishingly lowborn illiterate named Christopher Columbus, Leckie provides perspective on exactly how the "New World" came to be such a fiercely contested prize in Western civilization. Packed with profiles of all the major playersincluding George Washington, Samuel de Champlain, William Pitt, Edward Braddock, Count Frontenac, James Wolfe, Thomas Gage, and the nobly vanquished Marquis Montcalm"A Few Acres of Snow" culminates brilliantly in the savage, decisive confrontation at Quebec’s Plains of Abraham. Here the book affords readers an intimate look at the poignancy and paradox of Wolfe’s triumphant death. Also, Leckie compellingly suggests for the first time that Montcalm died knowing full well that he had been betrayed. In the long view, Leckie’s sweeping account shows us exactly why we speak English today instead of Frenchand reminds us how easily things might have gone the other way.
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ROBERT LECKIE is the author of over 30 books on military history, including George Washington's War: The Saga of the American Revolution, None Died in Vain: The Saga of the Civil War, and, most recently, Okinawa: The Last Battle of World War II.
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