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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 29 October 2015
This is a very well written, clear and comprehensive account of this famous fight and infamous atrocity. Some minor remarks notwithstanding, I really liked this book, I learned a lot from it and I am glad that I bought it.

This book describes the chain of events which led to TWO sieges by French army and its numerous Indian allies of Fort William Henry, on the shore of Lake George. Both sieges took place in 1757, but the book goes deeper in the past, all the way to 1755, when the events were set in motion.

The description of events is very clear, with each next step linked to the previous and the following ones. Author clearly knows the topic, but, even if this book is quite comprehensive, details were kept under strict control. There is no blurring of general picture by trivia, like for example in "Point Pleasant 1774". Ian Castle definitely knows how to write.

Maps are very good and illustrations are lovely. There are FOUR colour plates (thank you Osprey!) by Graham Turner and three of them are very good - they show the battle of Lake George in 1755, a scene of night fight from the first siege of Fort William Henry and a scene of artillery duel from the second siege of the fort. The last plate shows the atrocities committed by Indians against the British soldiers evacuating the fort - this plate, which incidentally figures also on the cover of the book, is a little bit less good. I am not saying here that I would like to see the details of the whole thing (I wouldn't want that!) but this scene definitely lacks dynamics and sense of terror which prevailed during the massacre...

The one thing which I liked a little bit less, was the tinkering around the question of the massacre, on the page 90. Author certainly was right trying to get to the bottom of things, as this event was so heavily "interpreted" by James Fenimore Cooper and Hollywood, but by just quoting various estimates, as well as putting the word "massacre" between quotation marks, he managed just to muddle things. For my personal understanding of things, Indians DID commit a horrible atrocity on 10 August 1757 against British soldiers and civilians - trying to relativise it was really uncalled for...

That being said, this is a minor point. This book is excellent, I enjoyed reading it mightily and I recommend it with enthusiasm. ENJOY!
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on 22 August 2014
Excellent for students of French -English Indian wars
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on 3 November 2014
a great read with more truth than fiction
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on 25 July 2014
Well written and presented, as ever with Osprey.
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