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Product Details

  • Paperback: 473 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books; 1st, 1st Printing edition (August 28, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803287445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803287440
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,609,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Francis Parkman (1823–1893), the son of a prominent Boston family, devoted much of his career to writing about the struggles of France and England for domination in America.

Colin G. Calloway, a professor of history and Native American studies at Dartmouth College, is the author of the New Worlds for All: Indians, Europeans, and the Remaking of Early America.


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I read Francis Parkman's book about the Oregon Trail and really enjoyed it, so I picked up this book. I hoped to find the same engaging style, and sometimes it shines through. Once he gets into a story he tells it well and transports his reader to Florida's jungles or Nova Scotia's rocky shores where you can practically smell death or feel the bracing sea spray. He waxes eloquent in his introductions and bridges between stories, however, and I found them to be so flowery and stuffed with grandiose verbiage that some were almost incomprehensible. They certainly lost the immediacy and gripping nature of his narratives. An example from Kindle location 917-918: "Day was breaking on the world. Light, hope, and freedom pierced with vitalizing ray the clouds and the miasma that hung so thick over the prostrate Middle Age, once noble and mighty, now a foul image of decay and death." Or, from location 2099: "...withered Feudalism, with her antique forms and tinselled follies, was again to seek a new home among the rocks and pine-trees of Nova Scotia." This particular book follows a number of exploratory ventures, all of which require an introduction or a bridge, so it often felt like slogging through the mud. Parkman researched his subjects carefully and thoroughly, so his books provide great historical references, but this one failed to provide me the same reading pleasure as his book on the Oregon Trail.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Kappelmeier on February 17, 2014
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There is more in this book than you know or could imagine. Must have for the diligent researcher and conscious historian.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By papulaisle on April 23, 2011
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Blood and guts. Eastern and middle America native people as European contact is occurring. Wars and friction amongst French and English and their native allies. Non stop. Parkman writes thrillers. Covers the entire period from first contact until there is only the English left. You will have trouble putting this and other, "France and England in North America" volumes down. Torture, warriors, missionaries, exploration, adventure and a culture some (Thoreau) might say was more advanced than the one that destroyed it. Noble savage. Why noble?
YOU say.
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