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Northern Armageddon

Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   11.20 hour(s)
Publication date: 03/22/2016

Northern Armageddon

The Battle of the Plains of Abraham and the Making of the American Revolution

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681680507
Digital Download ISBN:9781681680514


A vivid re-telling of Canada's most important battle, based on decades of research and many dramatic eyewitness accounts.

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The Battle of the Plains of Abraham is one of the pivotal events in North American and global history. This clash between British general James Wolfe and French general Louis-Joseph de Montcalm on September 13, 1759, led to the British victory in the Seven Years' War in North America, which in turn led to the creation of Canada and the United States as we know them today.

Rooted in original research, featuring quotations and images that have never appeared before, Northern Armageddon immerses the reader in the campaign, battle and siege through the eyes of dozens of participants, such as British sailor William Hunter, four Quebec residents enduring the bombing of their city and a teenage Huron warrior. Shifting from perspective to perspective, we move from the bombardment of Quebec to the field of combat, where Montcalm and Wolfe gave their orders but thousands of individual soldiers determined the outcome of the battle. In the final chapters, MacLeod traces the battle's impact on Canada, the United States, both countries' Aboriginals and the world, from 1759 into the twenty-first century.


"Perkins’ performance is as clear and orderly as MacLeod’s well-researched work." —Booklist

“Writing with a keen eye for the dramatic, MacLeod tells this story in a big way, giving equal parts to each side . . . The events of the battle are finely rendered, and MacLeod makes a strong case for their importance as a precursor to the American Revolution.” —Publishers Weekly

“MacLeod explores the extent of Quebec’s insurmountable natural defenses and Wolfe’s inability to overcome them . . . The author’s strong knowledge of every aspect of the fight prevails to produce an intricate, enlightening account . . . Students of American history will appreciate the detail and the thoroughness of this account of what Churchill called the ‘first world war.’ ” —Kirkus

“Significantly advances our understanding of the naval role in the battle of the Plains of Abraham and excels all previous studies . . . A vibrant portrait . . . A visceral narrative . . . Persuasive.” —The Wall Street Journal

"MacLeod, a pre-Confederation historian at the Canadian War Museum, has written what is surely the definitive account of the battle" —Canadian Geographic

"Northern Armageddon is riveting, human and thoroughly engaging, a must-read for anyone hoping to understand Canada." —Ottawa Citizen

Author Bio

Dr. Peter MacLeod is the pre-Confederation historian at the Canadian War Museum, where he curated the exhibition 1812. A longstanding student of 18th-century Canada, he is the author of The Canadian Iroquois and The Seven Years War (published in French as Les Iroquois et la guerre de sept ans) and Northern Armageddon: The Battle of the Plains of Abraham (published in French as La vrit sur la bataille des Plaines dAbraham). He lives in Ottawa, Ontario.