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America's Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation

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Kenneth C. Davis, author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller Don't Know Much About History, presents a collection of extraordinary stories, each detailing an overlooked episode that shaped the nation's destiny and character. Davis's dramatic narratives set the record straight, busting myths and bringing to light little-known but fascinating facts from a time when the nation's fate hung in the balance.

Spanning a period from the Spanish arrival in America to George Washington's inauguration in 1789, America's Hidden History details these episodes, among others:

  • The story of the first real Pilgrims in America, who were wine-making French Huguenots, not dour English Separatists
  • The coming-of-age story of Queen Isabella, who suggested that Columbus pack the moving mess hall of pigs that may have spread disease to many Native Americans
  • The long, bloody relationship between the Pilgrims and Indians that runs counter to the idyllic scene of the Thanksgiving feast
  • The little-known story of George Washington as a headstrong young soldier who committed a war crime, signed a confession, and started a war!

Full of color, intrigue, and human interest, America's Hidden History is an iconoclastic look at America's past, connecting some of the dots between history and today's headlines, proving why Davis is truly America's Teacher.

Book News Annotation:

Best-selling author Davis looks at "forgotten" chapters of early American history, from the arrival of the Spanish to Washington's inauguration, with a particular interest in the human stories in the histories. Parts are presented in chronological order, with each chapter including a timeline of events covered in the forthcoming section. The writing is casual and narrative, bringing the history into easy reach of the general public. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Kenneth C. Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of A Nation Rising; America's Hidden History; and Don't Know Much About® History, which spent thirty-five consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, sold more than 1.6 million copies, and gave rise to his phenomenal Don't Know Much About® series for adults and children. A resident of New York City and Dorset, Vermont, Davis frequently appears on national television and radio and has been a commentator on NPR's All Things Considered

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061118180
Subtitle:
Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation
Author:
Davis, Kenneth C
Author:
Davis, Kenneth C.
Author:
by Kenneth C Davis
Publisher:
Smithsonian
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States History.
Subject:
US History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20080429
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.97 in 16.48 oz

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