Apart from The Last of the Mohicans, most Americans know little of the French and Indian War-also known as the Seven Years' War-and yet it remains one of the most fascinating periods in our history. In January 2006, PBS will air The War That Made America, a four-part documentary about this epic conflict. Fred Anderson, the award-winning and critically acclaimed historian, has written the official tie-in to this exciting television event.
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.
"Overall, this work is an excellent introduction to a complex, dynamic conflict that set the stage for the American Revolution. Recommended for all libraries."-Library Journal
"Lucid and swift-moving. With luck, Anderson's book will awaken interest in a critically important period in colonial history that, he laments, is about as familiar now as the Peloponnesian War."-Kirkus Review
"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
"...(Anderson's) writing is fluid, energetic, and gripping and his exploration of this period in early American history is unforgettable. His book is brought to life in this unabridged audio recording by Simon Vance, a British actor and skilled reader who has recorded more than 200 audiobooks."-Reviewed by Sheldon Ztvordokov, Large Print Reviews
"Simon Vance handles this complex narrative with a stately intelligence...He pronounces the many Native American place names and French-Canadian phrases with ease. Look for a young George Washington, who learns a number of valuable lessons that will serve him well two decades later."-AudioFile Magazine
I don't get the French
All they had to do was convince the Spanish that they wouldn't stab them in the back. These are the little "cotter pins" that hold history together and change its course. Of course with retrospect everything is clear, but how do you not understand the key English advantage? Their navy. And then how do you not ally yourself with someone who, together with you, could neutralize that advantage? Oh well. This is a fine summation of the events surrounding the French and Indian War. If you don't know the subject and want to catch in a day, I'd start here.
For me the French and Indian War was just glossed over in school and referenced in movies like the "Patriot" and "Last of the Mohicans". I wanted a better foundation of what led up to the Revolution. This audiobook delivered all that and more. The narrator was easy to listen to, the story moved along at great pace and the this was a "short history"! It's moved me to purchasing the hardcopy of Anderson's more extensive work "The Crucible of War" (912 pages). Living in NY State, I had great interest in knowing more about the forts, rivers, Indian tribes and battles fought in and around the state.
Furthermore, the story of the Indians, the Iroquois Nation, the treaties (with both sides) and their societal workings was fascinating. I'll be looking for a more extensive work on that subject alone.
I'm currently taking a History course and this is required reading for a report that's required at the end of class. It's a shame that we as American's truly don't know more about our early American history and how we came to be a nation and literally the "accidental" way it happened; we should be having a King and Queen and not the government that we do (like the current President or not). This is an extremely important war in our history and so little time is spent in school about it.