The History Of Canada Series: Death Or Victory: The Battle Of Quebec And The Birth Of An Empire

Paperback | September 6, 2011

byDan Snow

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Perched atop a tall promontory and surrounded on three sides by the treacherous St. Lawrence River, Quebec City forms an almost impregnable natural fortress. But in 1759, with the Seven Years War raging around the globe, the capital city of New France came under attack. With the irascible British general James Wolfe in command, a force of more than 100 ships carrying nearly 9,000 men navigated the river, scaled the cliffs, and laid siege to the town in an audacious attempt to expel the French from North America forever.

It would be a brutal battle, with British soldiers confronting the troops commanded by the French general, the marquis de Montcalm. They were on unfamiliar terrain and facing extreme weather, a colonial militia, and experienced First Nations warriors.

Using original research and multiple perspectives, Dan Snow grippingly describes the events that would reshape North America and, eventually, change the British Empire forever. Death or Victory is history—military, political and human history—told on an epic and thrilling scale.

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Perched atop a tall promontory and surrounded on three sides by the treacherous St. Lawrence River, Quebec City forms an almost impregnable natural fortress. But in 1759, with the Seven Years War raging around the globe, the capital city of New France came under attack. With the irascible British general James Wolfe in command, a force...

DAN SNOW has researched, written and presented documentaries on British and world history for the BBC, including the BAFTA-award-winning Battlefield Britain. He has contributed to BBC History Magazine, The Times, The Guardian, Express, and Sunday Times. He was born in Canada and lives in London, England.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 8.25 × 5.3 × 1.4 inPublished:September 6, 2011Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143055968

ISBN - 13:9780143055969

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting and balanced. Excellent! How refreshing it is to read a balanced, well-researched account of the siege of Quebec written by someone who does not have a political axe to grind. When one considers the calculated distortions and omissions in such domestically-produced works as "Canada: A [Politically Correct] People's History", one wonders if Canadians would not be better off having all their history written by foreigners.
Date published: 2014-05-20