Battle for a Continent

Battle for a Continent : The French and Indian War, 1754-63

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  • Hardback | 392 pages
  • 142.24 x 205.74 x 27.94mm | 566.99g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 8pl.5M.
  • 0195004833
  • 9780195004830

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Harrison Bird, who did such a good job in the March to Saratoga (p. 221, 1963), has written his best book in Battle for a Continent. It is vivid historical reporting, with a command of the military and an eye to the particulars that personalize. From the day when Colonel George Washington went into battle in the upper Ohio Valley to the day when Lord Jeffrey Amherst took Montreal in 1760, Mr. Bird follows the fortunes of war on both sides of a conflict whose roots were in the old world, realities in the new. The ambitions and honor of many men were at stake; Washington himself withdrew over the handling of his victory. The actions and their outcomes of all the leaders of major and minor import are here. Montcalm receives proper deference; the Lord of Loudon is dismissed upon his advent as "weighed down with his baggage and importance." The fortunes of Captain Stobo, seized in the first battle of the war, are of equal interest with those of General Wolfe, who "having given the order which won the battle...died in peace" on the Plains of Abraham. The emphasis here is on the empirical rather than the political. This is the first book that deals in such human terms with the French and Indian War, making it accessible to general readers. (Kirkus Reviews)show more