This is another historical book about the plains of Abraham. It took me back many years to my days of taking history in high school.
I decided to start my year reading history books in the hope of understanding our vast country better. And history was never my forte. So, I am reviewing these books so that I could broaden my perspective and hopefully my horizons as a Canadian.
Montcalm and Wolfe were two men who forever changed the course of our Canadian history. Without them, our vast and beautiful country would have probably been very different.
The book was written by a marvelous storyteller from Montreal. I have read some of Roch Carrier’s works in French. He has such a wonderful mastery of the French language and of Canadian History.
In September 1759, a small band of British troops led by James Wolfe scaled the tall cliff overlooking a farmer’s field owned by Abraham Martin and overpowered the French garrison that protected the area, allowing the bulk of the British army to ascend the cliff behind attack the French who led by Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, were largely unaware of Wolfe’s tactics. The battle that ensued on what would become known as the Plans of Abraham and it would forever shape the geography and politics of Canada.
This book is the epic story of this battle told through the lives of the two generals, Wolfe and Montcalm. This book is a dual biography of the men and their most famous battle, written by a master storyteller.
What a wonderful book! It is a must read for all Canadians who are even remotely interested in history.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth