The French and Indian War by Walter R. Borneman

The French and Indian War

By Walter R. Borneman

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: United States
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In the summer of 1754, deep in the wilderness of western Pennsylvania, a very young George Washington suffered his first military defeat, and a centuries-old feud between Great Britain and France was rekindled. The war that followed would be fought across virgin territories, from Nova Scotia to the forks of the Ohio River, and it would ultimately decide the fate of the entire North American continent—not just for Great Britain and France but also for the Spanish and Native American populations.

Noted historian Walter R. Borneman brings to life an epic struggle for a continent—what Samuel Eliot Morison called "truly the first world war"—and emphasizes how the seeds of discord sown in its aftermath would take root and blossom into the American Revolution.


  • Little known history

    By AguaJefe
    Lately I have been interested in some of the more obscure events in American history. I learned about the French & Indian (cf: Seven Years) War in grade school, but it was as an afterthought. This book is a well-written account of what turned out to be a fascinating war, which led to Britain becoming dominant in North America (although almost the Caribbean instead), the Spanish foolishly setting up the failure for their holdings, and sowing the seeds for the American Revolution, while providing battle experience for a minor officer named George Washington. I have read several books by Walter R. Borneman. Although it is non-fiction, he writes with a compelling, but engaging, style that brings even minor decisions and movements to a significant place in the historical scheme. And he weaves the “current” events into past and present in American history.