The French and Indian War: Deciding the Fate of North America

The French and Indian War: Deciding the Fate of North America

by Walter R. Borneman
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The French and Indian War: Deciding the Fate of North America by Walter R. Borneman

In the summer of 1754, deep in the wilderness of western Pennsylvania, a very young George Washington suffered his first military defeat, and a centuries-old feud between Great Britain and France was rekindled. The war that followed would be fought across virgin territories, from Nova Scotia to the forks of the Ohio River, and it would ultimately decide the fate of the entire North American continent—not just for Great Britain and France but also for the Spanish and Native American populations.

Noted historian Walter R. Borneman brings to life an epic struggle for a continent—what Samuel Eliot Morison called "truly the first world war"—and emphasizes how the seeds of discord sown in its aftermath would take root and blossom into the American Revolution.

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ISBN-13: 9780061842641
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 140,916
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Walter R. Borneman is the author of Alaska: Saga of a Bold Land, 1812: The War That Forged a Nation, and several books on the history of the western United States. He lives in Colorado.

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French and Indian War 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Father_of_5_Boys More than 1 year ago
This was a decent book and filled in some gaps in my knowledge of pre-Revolution American history. It helped me get a better understanding of these events and put the American Revolution into better context. As a resident of Western Pennsylvania, it's neat to read about a lot of local places too and have a better understanding of their historical significance. This book made me want to read more about the time period and do some more research. As an example, I'm ashamed to say I had never even heard of Robert Rogers before!
Anonymous 29 days ago
The time before the American Revolution has been a time that Americans rarely hear or learn about. One minute Americans were colonies and the next they were independent and a new young country. Many history books often overlook this period of time and primarily focus on 1763 as the beginning of the war for independence. What Walter Borneman does in The French and Indian War: Deciding the Fate of North America, is capture that period of time before the American Revolution. He describes the setting in North America and Europe with such detail that the reader gets the overall picture of the first World War. Borneman has conducted great analysis and research as one notices when he writes about the numerous British Campaigns in North America and Europe. He goes at great lengths to show the reader the political and economic side of the war and its effects it had on Europe, especially countries not directly tied with the fighting in America. Borneman describes in great detail the principal charcters of the war that the reader can imagine them. He also analyzes the characters themselves and lets the readers know what their flaws were, who were great men and who was in it for fame and glory. Borneman also looks into the aspect that the Native Americans played in this war. He goes into great detail what these nations wanted from both the French and the British and how they played an integral part in the war. He descraibes with great narrative the fight that the Native Americans were fighting after the war was over. The last great thing that Borneman does he highlights the ironies that take place in history. He lets the reader see the whole story regarding some of these characters such Major Rogers and General Amherst and even the downfall of the acrhitect of the war, William Pitt. This is a great book and read for someone looking to learn more about the French and Indian War or someone who is wanting to learn more about the precursors to the American Revolution. Overall a great book and great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, job well done. The author did a good job making the history engaging.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
sounds and looks like a really good book