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Death or Victory: The Battle of Quebec and the Birth of Empire
 
 
Author
Dan Snow.
Publisher Harper  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.1 x 6 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9780007292684
Pages/Publication Date 534/2009
Daedalus Item Code 40156
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Perched atop a tall promontory, surrounded on three sides by the St. Lawrence River, Quebec was an almost impregnable natural fortress in 1759, when it was France's capital city in Canada. That year, with the Seven Years' War raging around the globe, the irascible British general James Wolfe sailed with 49 ships and a force of nearly 9,000 men, who scaled the cliffs and laid siege to Quebec in an audacious attempt to expel the French from North America. Chronicling a campaign with far-reaching consequences for Britain's rise to global hegemony, Dan Snow tells a gripping tale of brutal warfare—quite unlike battles fought in Europe—where terrain, weather and native Indian tribes were as fearsome as any enemy.

"Many of us wondered whether Dan Snow could make the transition from fluent TV presenter to serious historian. This hugely impressive work confirms his triumphant arrival on the scene. It is by far the best account yet written of a campaign that helped shape North America, and is a fitting tribute on the 250th anniversary of that 'wonderful year' 1759."—Richard Holmes

 
 
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