Synopses & Reviews
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 is an iconoclastic look at America's past, connecting some of the dots between history and today's headlines, and proving why Davis is truly America's teacher.
- Which Pilgrims arrived in Florida fifty years before the Mayflower sailed.
- What Supreme Court Justice went to prison.
- What traitor is honored with a statue for his bravery.
- Which fighting woman in colonial New England scalped her Indian captors.
PRAISE FOR AMERICAS HIDDEN HISTORY: “[M]errily removes the whitewash from an often-bland concept of the past, peeling people from their statues with tales of how some of the most famous Americans of whom you never heard shaped our nation.” Associated Press
“With his witty and irreverent view of this countrys Colonial and revolutionary past, [Davis] ably shows that the success or failure of isolated events can have national and international consequences. May we expect a sequel to this delightful effort?” Library Journal
“Once again Ken Davis proves that what you dont know can be shocking. Do yourself a favor. Read this book.” Richard M. Cohen, author of Strong at the Broken Places
“Youll learn lots in this engaging book of true, and often important, stories from U.S. history. These arent the tales youll find in most textbooks.” Joy Hakim, author of A History of US
“Writing from a rich font of scholarship, seasoning the facts with wit, irony and a novelists eye for telling detail, Kenneth C. Davis has conjured back to life some of the most fascinating figures of Americas founding decades. ” Ron Powers, co-author of Flags of Our Fathers
“Davis engaging treatment is spicy but judicious…the book is far superior to standard high-school treatments, and a valuable reference for students young and old.” Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Kenneth C. Davis is the best-selling author of Don't Know Much About History, which spent 35 consecutive weeks on the New York Timesbestseller list, sold nearly 1.5 million copies, and gave rise to his phenomenal Don't Know Much About® series for adults and children. Davis appears frequently in the media, has spoken at the Smithsonian Museum and American Museum of Natural History, and has written for the New York Timesand Newsday, among other publications. He has also contributed to NPR's All Things Considered. He lives in New York City and Dorset, Vermont.