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Good, but long and detailed
on October 15, 2016
Were I to re-read this book, I would keep a notebook by my side, making charts, timelines, and fact sheets of each British officer, each Indian chief, each politician, each colonist, each country, and each colony. There is so much that I missed simply because I was not prepared for the plethora of information.
The detail is overwhelming. For instance, concerning the depression that followed the war, Anderson discusses in detail, including specific anecdotes, the effect on the businesses, assemblies, and individuals of not only each North American colony, but also England, France, and various other British colonies around the world. This attention to detail, along with the length of the book, and Anderson's propensity to long, and somewhat quirky sentence structure makes the book a challenge to finish.
Nevertheless, it is worth reading.
On a side note, Anderson seems strangely more outraged that a British officer supplies smallpox-exposed blankets to Indians than by Indians falling upon and massacring soldiers and civilians who have surrendered their fort and arms under terms of safe conduct. Both seem to me to be rather common occurrences in warfare. People do nasty things to each other, especially during war. I was confused by the value judgment. Was he saying that the Indians were too primitive to know any better? I find that kind of ethnocentric.