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Empires at War: The French and Indian War and the Struggle for North America, 1754-1763

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On May 28, 1754, a group of militia and Indians led by twenty-two-year-old major George Washington surprised a camp of sleeping French soldiers near present-day Pittsburgh. Washington could not have known it, but the brief and deadly exchange of fire that ensued lit the match that, in Horace Walpole's memorable phrase, would set the world on fire. The resultung French and ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 10th 2006 by Walker Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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In my quest to become an expert on the French and Indian War, I think I have found the definitive source. Fowler not only presents a very readable text, he also offers a time line, a list of characters (in alphabetical order) with bios, and interesting illustrations. The only thing I could ask for that he didn't present would be more maps and perhaps more color. (Perhaps the hard cover edition has more color?).

Overall, a great source and an interesting read.
William M. Fowler Jr. is a scholar, teacher and author who has produced a highly readable history of the conflict which reverberated far from the North American colonies. As Fowler recounts, one of the more interesting aspects of the war is how it the shooting between Colonial-British militia, led by George Washington, and the French in the Ohio valley sparked the conflict which eventually led to British control of Canada.

This conflict is not only preceded the Revolution by twenty years, it fig
Kevin Symmons
I have long been a serious follower of our American History and find myself interested in some of the more obscure time periods and events that shaped our country. This book covers one of those periods--what we commonly call the French and Indian or the Seven Years War... though the time over which the troubles occurred between Great Britain and France for control of North America lasted far longer than seven years... a fact which Mr, Fowler points out. One of the most significant things which h ...more
Tony Heyl
I picked up Empires at War after visiting the Heinz History center in Pittsburgh and seeing the display on the French and Indian War. Part of the interest to me is how it is connected so much to Pittsburgh, and it's fun to not only notice the location but see names like Pitt, Braddock and Duquesne which become important places in Southwest PA.

This book is filled with information, which is good and not so great. I liked learning about the war, but it felt very dry at times and I would have to sha
Though largely overlooked by historical standards, the French and Indian War was a key part of the Seven Years War involving all the major European powers. In Empires at War, William Fowler will convince you that -- with fighting in Europe, America, Africa, India, and the Caribbean -- this was, indeed, the first world war.

My keen interest in this "Wilderness War" probably caused me to bump the rating up a notch. After all, I can look out my office window and see the staging area for some of the
Stuart Hatfield
A decent accounting of the war.

This account of the French and Indian war is one of the more suckable ones out there. Delves in the details while at the same time giving you a bit of background. Although the authors style could be considered cold you have to remember that this is a book more concerned with the facts and actions than the stories. It is good for what it is.
Ned Leffingwell
This is a nice account of what the author refers to as the first world war. He does a good job of describing the code of honor that was present at the time. All aspects of the war are dealt with in a fairly concise manner.
This was a pretty straightforward history book with a focus on the American theater of the Seven Years' War (French and Indian War). It thankfully started with some of the "pre-war war" events, like Major Washington's pre-emptive attack on the French. The book gave me a decent grasp of the war and had some interesting details, especially about individual battles such as the sieges of Quebec and Montreal. At other times I was confused by lack of detail or generalizations, especially in regards to ...more
Mark Levandoski
Good general overview of this time period. Fleshes out some of the locations visited growing up in NY State.
Robert Chamberlin
A very informative, well written and engaging history of the French and Indian War.
Good history of the French and Indian War. I didn't know that George Washington had a major role in starting the thing.

new vocab. peculations
Charles Cummings
It had some potential, but failed to deliver. It wasn't detailed enough and the writing was a bit haphazard.
Dec 11, 2010 Steven added it
Very Good read. Probably a good starting point for a person interested in diving into this deep subject.
Decent book about the French and Indian war.
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