The Francis Parkman Reader
Edited by Samuel Eliot Morison
By (author) Francis Jr Parkman
Introduction by Samuel Eliot Morison
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Francis Parkman Reader by Samuel Eliot Morison
Book DescriptionFrancis Parkman (1823--1893), struggling against painful chronic illnesses and very largely self-taught in his field, was not only a pioneering historian but an enduring one. His monumental seven-volume history of discovery, conquest, and empire-building in the New World, France and England in North America (the final volume, Montcalm and Wolfe, is available in its entirety from Da Capo Press/ Perseus Books Group), remains unrivaled for its power, depth, scope, accuracy, and literary artistry. This reader, superbly edited by Samuel Eliot Morison, the Pulitzer Prize--winning historian in the Parkman tradition, comprises approximately one-seventh of the original. Rather than stitch together a patchwork of brief, disconnected extracts, Morison has chosen whole chapters or groups of chapters, thereby allowing the reader to follow a story from start to finish, and what stories they are: Champlain's efforts to establish a French empire in the vast forest wilderness; the torture and martyrdom of Father Jogues; La Salle's western expeditions and his murder by mutineers; the bloody Deerfield Massacre; the improbable, madcap, and successful siege of Louisbourg; the swift, dramatic battle on Quebec's Plains of Abraham, in which the fate of a continent was decided; and much more. The result is both an enthralling portrait of early North American colonial history and an unsurpassed introduction to the works of Francis Parkman.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780306808234
(210mm x 137mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1998
Country of Publication: United States
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In this concluding narrative volume of his remarkable series, Morison describes the two most famous campaigns in which he participated: Iwo Jima and Okinawa; he spares no details in describing the grim consequences of the kamikaze suicide crashes by enemy planes on the radar picket destroyers and other ships.
Liberation of the Philippines, Paperback (March 2012)
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History of United States Naval Operations in World War II, Paperback (October 2011)
Here Morison describes the Normandy landings as well as the "dirty work in the dark" that preceded them: deceptions, diversions, commando raids, parachute drops, mine sweepings, air bombing, and naval bombardment.
Story of Mount Desert Island, Paperback (July 2011)» View all books by Samuel Eliot Morison
Captures the high points of Mount Desert island's glorious history and touches many of the author's own passions - from the early Abnaki tribes, to the great European explorers, to the island residents and rusticators, of which he was one, owning 'cottages' in both Northeast Harbor and Tremont.
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Author Biography - Samuel Eliot Morison
Samuel Eliot Morison, editor for this edition, was a Pulitzer Prize--winning historian in the Parkman tradition.
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