Naval War College Review


William Calhoun


“It is the nature of great events to obscure the great events that came before them.” This memorable phrasing begins nineteenth-century historian Francis Parkman’s masterwork on the French and Indian War, Montcalm and Wolfe. One hundred twenty years later, Fred Anderson’s The War That Made Amer- ica clears away with lucid prose and ef- fective narrative style the obscurity that has veiled the French and Indian War. Described as the “first world war” by Winston Churchill, it was the fourth in a series of six wars fought between En- gland and France and their various allies between 1689 and 1815.