- Hardcover: 422 pages
- Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd (25 Mar. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 022406245X
- ISBN-13: 978-0224062459
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 3.2 x 23.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 729,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
1759: The Year Britain Became Master of the World Hardcover – 25 Mar 2004
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"A marvellous book: elegantly written, convincingly argued and packed with fascinating detail... it will do much to restore 1759 to its rightful place among the great years of British history" (Saul David Sunday Times)
"An erudite and delightful literary and philosophical romp" (Herald)
"McLynn's feisty and highly personal take on the pivot point of the Seven Years War adds fresh perspectives to the old story" (Stephen Brumwell Times Literary Supplement)
"A stylish and fascinating account of the first global struggle" (New Statesman)
"Splendid" (Guardian) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
A remarkable new book on a crucial moment in British and world history. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Each theatre of war is put into some context, with the events leading up to 1759 being summarized. Events covered include those in the Caribbean including the invasions of Guadeloupe and Martinique; the fighting between the French and the British (along with the Native Americans and Colonists on both sides) in North America leading to General Wolfe's victory at Quebec; the battle of Minden in the western part of Germany; the fighting in India around Pondicherry and Madras; and the battles at sea including those at Lagos bay and Quiberon bay. There are a number of maps, which unfortunately are less than brilliant: key places in the narrative being omitted, and one map (for Quebec) had me scratching my head a little until I figured out that the scale is out by a factor of ten!Read more ›
First, may I say that I did enjoy this book, but perhaps not as much as I expected.
Let's deal with the good points first. I haven't read McLynn's 1066 book so the author's effort at a defining book on a particular year was a new idea for me. While many parts of the book are quite brilliant in my view, McLynn doesn't quite pull off a "great" or "masterpiece" with this book. The descriptions of Quebec, Minden, and Quiberon Bay are brilliant. The detail and the description of the principle characters on both sides of each conflict are well described as is the relationship with Native American/Canadians in the Quebec siege. Wolfe and Montcalm are fascinating characters and you will get a well written account of the year 1759 for its part in what is often called the "French and Indian Wars". Minden and especially Quiberon Bay are described in fine detail for the amateur historian - McLynn has a knack with keeping the drama up in each event. The book is worth the purchase price for this alone.
However, there are some negative points that I wish to mention. First, it is inexcusable in this age of spell-checkers that elementary grammer and spelling mistakes still make it to the printed version of the book. If I can spot them, how tough can it be for the editor of the book to do so. There are only 5 or 6 - but annoying nonetheless.Read more ›
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If you're into 18th century history, naval history, British history, European history, colonial history, political history...this is the book for you. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Radar
This book isn't perfect, but I found the character sketches alone worth the admission price.
My knowledge of this part of history is not substantial; nevertheless McLynn... Read more
First class read, packed full of history written in a style I personally found most agreeable.
I particularly like the way each chapter opened with a note referencing... Read more