most comprehensive book available regarding the entirety of the
French and Indian War.
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.
Weaving together the military, economic, and political motives
of the participants with unforgettable portraits of Washington,
William Pitt, Montcalm, and many others, Anderson brings a fresh
perspective to one of America’s most important wars, demonstrating
how the forces unleashed there would irrevocably change the politics
of empire in North America. Show More Show Less
Paperback, 2000, 862pp., $22.00.