Filled with fascinating and little-known historical details and with pithy accounts of the colonial wars, this informal book tells the story of the ""puny little fortress"" on Lake Champlain at the critical point on the disputed waterway from the British colonies to Canada. It was built in 1755 and after repulsing heavy British attacks on the French tenants for years, it did become a British outpost which Ethan Allen, with more profanity than skill, captured in 1775. It knew Benedict Arnold's ambitions and heard the guns of his naval battles to invade Canada by water. It was captured again by Burgoyne on his way to Saratoga and recaptured after his surrender. Now restored and cherished, the Fort Ticonderoga museum is directed by the author, who has written with authority and wit.