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3.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 5 3.70 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fred Anderson Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2005 ISBN: 9781400171965
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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 Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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 Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynic | 2/20/2014

    " This books gives you an understanding of why the British thought so little of the colonists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Finney | 2/16/2014

    " To the author's credit, the subject he attempted to cover in the short amount of pages was a challenging task, and one I believe he did as best as he could with. However, just as a preference, I think that the book sagged a little in the middle and became muddled with new places and characters so much that it became hard to keep track of them. The beginning and ending were nice touches, but overall I stand by 3 stars. I'm sure his much larger work on the topic, The Crucible of War, would remedy some of the issues I found with this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brennan | 2/7/2014

    " Wow! I loved this - picked it up in an airport and couldn't put it down. This is a highly readable account of what the author calls the first world war - and what I learned in school is not the whole picture. Anderson explores the French archives and also has a nuanced and thorough understanding of the role that indigenous people played: how their treaties and alliances among and against themselves and the British and French lead to very different policies toward frontier settlement and shaped policy of the new nations of North America on a path of genocide. Washington was incredibly lucky, and history could indeed have turned out very differently with seemingly inconsequential decisions made in the back woods around Pittsburgh in the mid-1700's. Fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gillian Holmes | 2/4/2014

    " If having something like a "favorite war" wasn't such a reprehensible idea, then my favorite war would be the French and Indian War. This is a concise telling of it. Almost too concise actually--though the "plot" moves quickly, I felt a little rushed jumping from one battle to the next. I'd've liked a little more in-depth study of different figures, causes and effects. Still scratched my itch though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pawel_k | 2/3/2014

    " A shorter, faster version of Crucible of War by the same author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thelma | 1/19/2014

    " Really enjoying this read. I've been interested in the French and Indian War and have read fiction about the period, but never read a simple, well written history. This book is worth looking into. Have enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/16/2014

    " An excellent quick read, but it is a "short history", many fascinating behind the scenes details were glossed over or omitted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 1/11/2014

    " This is really a great book if you want some of the backstory on George Washington as a young military commander who made some serious military and diplomatic blunders early in the conflict. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/6/2014

    " If you are looking for quick look at the French/Indian war it's worth a read. Anyone looking for in-depth coverage would be better served with Anderson's "Crucible of War." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David R. | 12/31/2013

    " A solid, lucid treatment of this understudied conflict. Anderson ably and fairly surveys the thinking and motivations of the British, French, and native American players. Anderson also provides especially good understanding of the power politics between the Iriquois and their many tribal enemies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Damian Kinsella | 11/20/2013

    " a cool book, but it's not going to be for everyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 john streeter | 6/15/2013

    " The start of modern governmental borrowing. cross-continental scope. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 4/21/2013

    " A very good overview of this seminal time in America, prior to the American Revolutionary War. In this history, we can see nascent American identity and an American sense of national entitlement that would break violently to the surface with the Boston Tea Party. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 11/10/2012

    " A very good overview of this seminal time in America, prior to the American Revolutionary War. In this history, we can see nascent American identity and an American sense of national entitlement that would break violently to the surface with the Boston Tea Party. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/25/2012

    " Good overall survey of the French and Indian War. So much of what I studied in school only touched on the European components and not on the Native American politics of the time, so it nice to begin to understand that era as a whole. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 11/12/2011

    " Fantastic... it hits all the highpoints. Not comprehensive, but still great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 8/20/2011

    " A very good overview of this seminal time in America, prior to the American Revolutionary War. In this history, we can see nascent American identity and an American sense of national entitlement that would break violently to the surface with the Boston Tea Party. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quinn Wright | 7/4/2011

    " Well researched and well written. told a fascinating story and did it in such a way that captured the imense influence of the conflict as well as its own unique ferocity and exuberance...for lack of a better word. nice that it wasnt too long either "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 5/1/2011

    " A very good overview of this seminal time in America, prior to the American Revolutionary War. In this history, we can see nascent American identity and an American sense of national entitlement that would break violently to the surface with the Boston Tea Party. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 3/3/2011

    " Very interesting... Begins with a statement (in the preface) that Winston Churchill described this war as the first world war and continues to deliver all the way through. A great insight into the "war that made america" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 2/8/2011

    " Fantastic... it hits all the highpoints. Not comprehensive, but still great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tmack44 | 9/1/2009

    " Great little history that gives background on Washington, the mid-atlantic area, and the beginnings of the American revolution, and why it came about "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Norberto | 5/30/2009

    " Good overview but a little dry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 3/7/2009

    " A very interesting and readable short history of the French & Indian war. Many previously unknown aspects to early American history. I have a new understanding of the complexity of the 1st Americans society and political savvy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/20/2009

    " Very interesting... Begins with a statement (in the preface) that Winston Churchill described this war as the first world war and continues to deliver all the way through. A great insight into the "war that made america" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 john | 7/20/2008

    " The start of modern governmental borrowing. cross-continental scope. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 6/26/2008

    " This was my second try on this book. I couldn't get through it. As is always the case with history books, the writer's ability to draw you into the characters is key. I just couldn't get interested in these people, despite my affinity for the subject matter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 5/6/2008

    " If you are looking for quick look at the French/Indian war it's worth a read. Anyone looking for in-depth coverage would be better served with Anderson's "Crucible of War." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thelma | 2/25/2008

    " Really enjoying this read. I've been interested in the French and Indian War and have read fiction about the period, but never read a simple, well written history. This book is worth looking into. Have enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 8/23/2007

    " The French and Indian War is not really covered very well, if at all in school. It really was a foundational time that laid the foundation for our revolution. I also picked up some background on my family history.

    Highly recommended for anyone interested in American history. "

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About the Author

Fred Anderson, a professor of history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, is the author of Crucible of War, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the Francis Parkman Prize and the Mark Lynton History Prize in 2001. Most recently, he coauthored The Dominion of War.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.