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America's Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims,…

by Kenneth C. Davis

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Admittedly, none of the tales are groundbreaking. Nonetheless, the author did an outstanding job of seamlessly transitioning from the earliest colonial period through the Revolutionary War and formation of the constitution. This is a highly informative and insightful book that is very user friendly, hence will have appeal both to the novice and history buff. I highly recommend this work. ( )
  la2bkk | May 29, 2014 |
An interesting book and well worth the read, but although I am interested in history, especially what doesn't make it into history books, or is barely glossed over, this didn't quite measure up. Worth a read though. ( )
  AutumnTurner | Dec 29, 2013 |
Short, digressive synopses of various moments in early American history, nearly all drawn from other recent secondary sources (hardly "hidden" in any real sense at all). Sometimes maddeningly tangential, too, as the narrative rockets from topic to topic. Entirely skippable. ( )
  JBD1 | Aug 14, 2013 |
There wasn't anything in this that was really hidden or untold or secret. I don't think it's just my undergrad history major either; these instances in American history are covered in depth in many other sources. Perhaps this should just be "lesser taught history" instead. ( )
  Krumbs | Mar 31, 2013 |
I was less impressed with this book than I had expected to be; while Kenneth C. Davis' scholarship is appreciated, any groundbreaking knowledge was miniscule at best.

Save for the first two chapters, the topics he covers are really some of the better known events - he simply adds information which could be considered "tidbits" at best.

Considering the chapter titles, they are made to be more provocative than illustrative of what the chapter is actually about. Deep inside each chapter is an informative morsel, made up of two sentences - at best - which explains or links the generalized topic of discussion to the title of said chapter.

Maybe this book was written for the complete novice of American history, or someone needing to refresh their memory of famous people like Benedict Arnold or events such as the Shay's Rebellion.

Despite my negativity, I did find much of the first two chapters unknown territory for me. Mr. Davis covers the sixteenth-century American continent in chapter one back when it was barely occupied by small contingents of British Protestants and French Catholics. Much of the material the author promotes regards the religious warfare and bigotry between the two European, imperialistic superpowers. The first chapter is entitled 'Isabella's Pigs'. All we learn about the Queen's porcine is they were convenient food sources for the trans-Atlantic explorers and that wild pigs in Florida may be descendants of the imported animals.

Easy to read and informative (however, less so to well read history buffs). Nonetheless, the book's title and cover description mislead the potential reader, not about what topics are discussed, but how hidden the "untold tales" actually are in history. ( )
  HistReader | Jan 7, 2012 |
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In grateful memory of my father, Richard McShane Davis, for those childhood camping trips to Lake Champlain, Valley Forge, and Gettysburg that sparked my abiding passion for history.
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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 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.

Find out:

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.

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An iconoclastic look at America's past: overlooked episodes that shaped the nation's destiny and character. Spanning a period from the Spanish arrival in America to George Washington's inauguration in 1789, these narratives bring to light little-known but fascinating, myth-busting facts. Read 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 take pigs on his voyage, which may have spread disease to many Native Americans; the long, bloody relationship between the Pilgrims and Indians, running 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, this book connects some of the dots between history and today's headlines.--From publisher description.… (more)

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