A Few Acres of Snow The Saga of the French and Indian Wars

A Few Acres of Snow The Saga of the French and Indian Wars[Read] ➯ A Few Acres of Snow The Saga of the French and Indian Wars ➸ Robert Leckie – Bluevapours.co.uk With his celebrated sense of drama and eye for colorful detail acclaimed military historian Robert Leckie charts the long savage conflict between England and France in their uest for supremacy in pre With his celebrated sense Acres of PDF/EPUB Â of drama and eye for colorful detail acclaimed military historian Robert Leckie charts the long savage conflict between England and France in their uest for supremacy in pre Revolutionary America Packed with sharply etched profiles of all the major players including George Washington Samuel de Champlain William A Few PDF \ Pitt Edward Braddock Count Frontenac James Wolfe Thomas Gage and the nobly vanuished Maruis de Montcalm this panoramic history chronicles the four great colonial wars the War of the Grand Alliance King William's War the War of the Spanish Succession ueen Anne's War the War of the Austrian Succession King George's War Few Acres of Kindle Ò and the decisive French and Indian War the Seven Years' War Leckie not only provides perspective on exactly how the New World came to be such a fiercely contested prize in Western Civilization but also shows us exactly why we speak English today instead of French and reminds us how easily things Few Acres of Snow The Kindle - might have gone the other wayLeckie is a gifted writer with the ability to explain complicated military matters in layperson's terms while sustaining the drama involved in a life and death struggle His portraits of the key players in that struggle are seamlessly interwoven with his exciting narrative BooklistAs always Leckie describes the maneuvers battles and results in telling detail with a cinematic style and his portraits are first rate The Dallas Morning NewsLeckie's accounts of battles important individuals and the role of Native Americans bring to life the distant drama of the French and Indian Wars The Daily Reflector.

Leckie was born on Acres of PDF/EPUB Â December in Philadelphia Pennsylvania He grew up in Rutherford New Jersey He began his career as a writer in high school as a sports writer for ''The Bergen Evening Record'' in Hackensack New JerseyOn January Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine CorpsHe A Few PDF \ served in combat in the Pacific theater as a scout and a machine gunner in H Company nd B.

A Few Acres of Snow The Saga of the French and Indian Wars
  • Hardcover
  • 388 pages
  • A Few Acres of Snow The Saga of the French and Indian Wars
  • Robert Leckie
  • English
  • 23 May 2016
  • 9780785821007

10 thoughts on “A Few Acres of Snow The Saga of the French and Indian Wars

  1. Howard Anders says:

    I guess one would classify this as popular history? It truly is a saga part truth part myth Very readable but not nearly as scholarly a work as Fred Anderson's Crucible of War I have liked Mr Leckie's informal style since reading his memoir of the Pacific War Helmet for my Pillow A Few Acres of Snow is well balanced and the French come off surprisingly well as they should It is good entertainment but I would not use it as a reference for a scholarly paper It mixes the historical facts of the French and Indian Wars with the myths and a few historical inaccuracies Leckie's word pictures of historical figures like Frontenac Washington Montcalm Wolfe William Pitt and Louis XIV and his descriptions of wilderness warfare are what make this book worth reading

  2. Sharon Miller says:

    Full of lively prose and the down right entertaining anecdotes of long dead souls as if they were alive and well and merely eccentric characters in your family you might meet at the Holiday feast table That however does not save this dinosaur of a fossil from being irresponsible as History A few pages in I checked the year this was published thinking that such antiuated attitudes as the very opinionated author spouted freely were out of date in the 60's 1999 wow So this is a book written by a confident and irascible old man as he was dying a man who was a soldier and a military historian His sexism and racism are apparent but so many of his assertions especially about Native Americans are now provably incorrect Also the author approached this book as he might a conversation in a pub with an audience I didn't mind but the disorganization was pretty wild He would go off on tangents expound for an entire page about something that he was obviously thinking about like George McClellan the Civil War general The first chapter is a complementary mini biography of Christopher Columbus A little off topic to address at such length He obviously was enjoying the chance to get this material off his chest and had no reason to be fussy about it I did enjoy the lively character sketches and I hope I learned something especially regarding the European political scenes and characters that set the stage for the events unfolding in North America in the 18th Century The author did not exclude anyone but nuns from his excoriating criticism to be fair but I think his book might be best approached as a cautionary window on attitudes toward History in living memory not as a primary tool to learn about the History of the 15th through the 18th centuries in the Atlantic world

  3. Brian Ross says:

    Will not waste any of my time on this book after Part 1 40 pages I had to look back to confirm that the date it was written was actually 1999 because the attitudes and writing style would have been at home in 1899 After having read other Goodreads reviews and I do note the wide variation in ratings I'm not expecting any improvement I've never bailed on a book this uickly before I was hoping for a history this isn't that I didn't see any reference in other reviews to Leckie pontificating about the white man's burden but it would certainly have fit right in Too bad because even in the early going I get the impression that he has a wealth of detail to offer and is ready to be critical of some popular myths But he is way too Kipling for me

  4. Tim says:

    Not a useful book It is disorganized repetitive and contradictory; it includes freuent taunts of childish name calling and diatribes There are also errors in facts I am very hesitant to remember anything in this book other than the names and perhaps the number of the wars between England and France in America

  5. Michael Webb says:

    Some regrettable sexism but some great writing nonetheless

  6. Monty Jasper says:

    Excellent book on the French in North America

  7. RYAN says:

    What an awesome book I really enjoyed it I recommend anyone who’s a history buff like me to read it

  8. Richard Larmer says:

    Good historical content but Leckie allows his personal feelings to creep in and slant the whole It is clear that he is pro catholic and anti an all volunteer military ; especially women in the military as he states in several totally unnecessary paragraphs at one point He was a drafted Marine in World War II and was one of the characters in The Pacific mini series

  9. Brian Anthony says:

    First off I want to inform everyone that the author Robert Leckie is the same Robert Leckie who fought in WWII as a marine and is portrayed in the HBO series The PacificThe Bad lets get this out of the way Leckie jumps around an incredible amount He also reiterates events and conclusions he makes numerous times over in several places For someone who isnt familiar with the colonial conflicts the seemingly sudden and lengthy diversions into European history that seems barely relate able can be a turn off and create confusion For instance he spends not one but two chapters on the so called Glorious or Bloodless Revolution that brought William of orange to the English throne Also his blatant distaste for all things protestant and his almost militant Catholicism could be seen as a serious detraction for many readers although for this reader I followed his arguments and came to agree with many of his conclusions on matters of religion and colonial politicsThe good Leckie gives an amazing breadth of info and helps the reader who heretofore has had merely a basic understanding of the colonial conflict in America a much better understanding of the European events and happenings that led ultimately to the French and Indian War His clear understanding of the differences between French and colonial English policies regarding the natives is refreshing in a politically correct age and his frank honesty in terms of native american customs is also a nice breath of fresh air there is no racist mentality simply a frank observation of the customs He provides excellent and interesting background to several well known characters of the era that many readers may not have encountered beforethe background not the charactersHistorian and recreational history lover alike need this book

  10. Michael says:

    I had never read about the French and Indian War spotted A Few Acres of Snow at the book store and picked it up It's subtitle read The Saga of the French and Indian Wars but I did not notice that Wars was plural It was not just about The French and Indian War but all the French and Indian Wars four of them which occurred in the seventy years prior to the American Revolution Oddly the book starts with Columbus wondering around Spain trying to find someone to finance his voyage of discovery It seemed to me to be a little far back to start his saga but since I have discovered that he has a series of sagas which cover the entire history of the United States and this being the first book in the series it was only natural to start with Columbus The fighting between the French Indians and English was brutal during the 70 years of the French and Indian Wars with atrocities on both sides The Native Americans routinely tortured and ate their enemies while the French and English enlisted them to slaughter each other's settlers The book ends with the capture of uebec by the English a subject which I remember being taught in grade school history The author Robert Leckie is old school a kind of classical writer who uses a style not common any Leckie takes a stand on whether a historical figure is good or evil and strings adjectives together in the way a symphony composer strings together notes of music In reading the book I would constantly read a passage and reread it just for the sheer enjoyment I look forward to reading the next of Leckie's Sagas the one on the Revolutionary War to get his take on that

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