on November 4, 2010
Over-flowing with historical facts that will raise an eyebrow at the number of now famous people involved with the events surrounding the taking of Quebec, and New France, from the French. Dan Snow is an excellent story teller making the historical events extremely interesting. Once I got started with this book I had a hard time putting it down.
on February 28, 2012
This is a really well written book that lacks the dryness you usually get in history books. It is a very in depth look at the battle that changed history that more or less successfully shows the perspective of both sides of the battle. The only real issue with this book is that perhaps the chapters could have either been shorter or broken down. If you're like me and you won't put down a book until you've finished the chapter, you might have to plan when you're going to sit down as some of these chapters are close to 40 pages long. Otherwise, great book and if you have the slightest interest in the history of Canada and the early stages of the British empire, it is definitely worth the buy.
on December 19, 2013
An excellent account of the attack on Quebec. Snow goes to primary sources such as the many personal accounts, letters and journals of the combatants and civilians from both sides to provide a new and illuminating picture of a period of Canadian history long ago ossified into particular points of view. Gone are the typical caricatures of Wolfe, Montcalm, Saunders and others. He provides fascinating insights into the characters of all the major players, and transforms what have been entrenched as icons of Canadian history back to the flawed and talented human beings whom they were. Thoroughly researched, the book clearly illustrates the intricacies of eighteenth century military technology, including the limitations which had to be overcome, and the often extrordinary suffering on both sides. Snow is intimately familiar with the ground and carries us from scene to scene with effortless ease. He is a good writer, a story teller. I found it difficult to put this book down, and was sad to leave it. Really superb.
This book is a must-read for any Canadian history buff. The Battle of the Plains of Abraham is, of course, a major event in North American history but there is much that is lost with a simple tale of the battle itself. This book is an epic, fascinating account of everything that happened during that all-important year. Snow refers to both French and English sources to compile an account that is detailed but not bogged down. Once we finally reach the critical final moments of the battle for Quebec, we understood much more fully what has gone before.
Second book I've read of this "History of Canada" series, second home run.