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A few acres of snow : the saga of the French and Indian Wars
Leckie, Robert, 1920-2001.
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Publication Information:
New York : J. Wiley & Sons, [1999]

Physical Description:
vii, 388 pages : maps ; 25 cm
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E195 .L43 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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"Leckie 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." -Booklist"As always, [Leckie] describes the maneuvers, battles, and results in telling detail with a cinematic style, and his portraits . . . are first-rate."-The Dallas Morning News"Leckie'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

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 quest for supremacy in pre-Revolutionary America. Packed with sharply etched profiles of all the major players-including George Washington, Samuel de Champlain, William Pitt, Edward Braddock, Count Frontenac, James Wolfe, Thomas Gage, and the nobly vanquished Marquis 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 (Queen Anne's War), the War of the Austrian Succession (King George's War), 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 might have gone the other way.

Author Notes

Robert Leckie was born in 1920 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the age of 16, he began a career as a sportswriter for The Record of Hackensack. He also later worked as a reporter with the Associated Press, the Buffalo Courier Express, the New York Journal American, the New York Daily News and The Star-Ledger. The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Leckie joined the Marines.

He became a machine gunner and scout in the 1st Marine Division in the Pacific and participated in all of the Marine campaigns except Okinawa. He was awarded the Naval Commendation Medal with Combat V, the Purple Heart and five battle stars. Leckie was on active duty for three years and participated in six campaigns. It is because of his experience in the war that he chose to write about American military history. Most of his books trace American war history from the French and Indian War to Desert Storm.

Leckie's first book was published in 1957, and was a personal narrative of his experiences in World War II. It was entitled "Helmet for My Pillow." His books covered the Civil War in "None Died in Vain: The Saga of the American Civil War," another World War II book called "Delivered from Evil: The Saga of World War II" and his one volume history entitled "The Wars of America." Leckie adapted many of his books for a younger audience and also wrote some fiction books.

In 1969, the Leckies founded The Sportstman's Club at Lake Hopatcong, a physical fitness facility in New Jersey. The family owned the club until about eighteen months before Leckie's death. Robert Leckie died on December 24, 2001. He was 81 years old.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Many Americans accept the smug assumption that the Anglo-Saxon conquest of most of North America was destined by divine providence or the natural superiority of race. As demonstrated by Leckie, an esteemed military historian, there was nothing inevitable about the conquest. Had fortune shifted the other way at a few critical moments, it is likely that France would have become the dominant European nation on the continent. For seven decades in the eighteenth century, France and Britain fought a series of world wars that determined which nation would be master in India, the Caribbean, and North America. Leckie 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, including George Washington, William Pitt, James Wolfe, and Marquis de Montcalm, are seamlessly interwoven with his exciting narrative. An outstanding historical survey that should delight both scholars and general readers. --Jay Freeman

Library Journal Review

Prolific historian Leckie (From Sea to Shining Sea: From the War of 1812 to the Mexican War; The Saga of America's Expansion, LJ 11/15/93) examines the epic struggle of the British and French for the ultimate control of North America. Beginning with Columbus, Leckie takes us through nearly 300 years of exploration, Colonial wars, and conflict culminating in the French and Indian War. The result is a soundly researched narrative of American history from 1492 to 1763. The interaction of settlers, Indians, traders, kings, and politicians is presented clearly, but this is no book for the casual reader. One learns how both personal and nationalistic feelings influenced politics and warfare at the time; like the other periods he has documented, Leckie calls this period in our history a "saga." The book would serve well as a textbook on pre-Revolutionary America and is appropriate for serious students and researchers. Recommended for large public libraries and special collections in American history.√ĄDavid M. Alperstein, Queens Borough P.L., Jamaica, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

A Continent is Discovered
Christopher Columbus.The Colonizing Contest Begins
Prelude to Wars
Samuel de Champlain
War in the Wilderness
King Louis XIV of France
Iroquois Revenge and King Philip's War
War of the Grand Alliance, 1688-1697: (King William's War)
Count Frontenac
Frontenac and the Fur Trade
Canada the Quarrelsome
Sir William Phips Wins and Loses
War of the Spanish Succession, 1701-1714: (Queen Anne's War)
Anne Succeeds William
War of the Austrian Succession, 1740-1748: (King George's War)
The "Milishy" Take Louisbourg
Seven Years' War, 1756-1763: (French and Indian War)
George Washington
Defeat and Death of Braddock
Washington: Patriot, Planter, Politician
Selected Bibliography