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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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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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    A Review of "America's Hidden History"

    Kenneth Davis reveals tales unheard of in America's Hidden History. His revelations are both enlightening and intriguing. Most of us remember what we were taught in History classes, but there are many things in Mr. Davis' book that are not in our school textbooks.

    For instance, did you know George Washington signed a confession to a murder and started a war? Or that the French Huguenots were here before the Pilgrims? How about our foremothers, one of which a statue was erected in honor of her escape from Indians after scalping them? Did you know the Pilgrims and Indians did not really get along as well as it is depicted in our Thanksgiving stories?

    There are so many things to learn, even if they differ from what we were previously taught. A nation shaped by the things we still see today; greed, fighting, lying...the list is endless.

    In my opinion, this book was well worth the read and I wish it was required reading in the educational arena. This is the first book I have read by Mr. Davis, however I intend to read more of his work.

    26 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2009

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    Unlike history books with names and dates, this book adds character and personality to the characters. I loved the detail that the author added to make the reader aware of the fact that women too helped to shape America.

    I was drawn to the book immediately because it had bits hidden treasures from America's history that you will not learn in history class. I am a firm believer that we must study history to prevent us from making the same mistakes as our ancestors.

    The author had the ability to give the reader a view of history in a new light. He adds personality to the characters that gave me a feeling of connection with those who helped shape America. They were not just people from the past, they were real with real families and real struggles. Yet they made a difference. America's Hidden History helps the reader to understand the choices made by the men and women from the past.

    Often women are overlooked in history. This book adds women such as Anne Hutchinson, Mary Rowland, and Hannah Dustin as being heroic and playing an important part in shaping America.

    In this amazing book you will read stories like:

    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!

    The author sites his sources in the back of the book for the reader to take his research to a higher level.

    This book will give you an exciting and new look at history. It spans a period from the Spanish arrival in America to George Washington's inauguration in 1789. America's Hidden History explorers so many different episodes that it is impossible to tell you about all of them.

    The stories are both heroic and entertaining. In this book you will learn little know facts about George Washington, Spain's Queen Isabella, as well as some women that you have probably never heard of before. It connects some of the dots have been previously unconnected in history books. If you think history is boring, this book will change your opinion. If you love history, you will not want to put this book down until you are finished it.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2009

    Very Original

    This book for the beginner historian has many new facts, but to the old jaded historian it is somewhat informative and original, I will give it that. It a good book to read and reads concisely as well as quickly and sparingly. It does not pull punches and gives Benedict Arnold a deserved new acclaimed role in history. I recommend it!

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2009

    In school I hated history.

    This book add's a human aspect, you can see them. My husband was amazed that I was reading it instead of one of my usual topics.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2009

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    Interesting incidents that you should know

    I really expected to find some interesting items. Instead I found a book that told story that are really essential to understanding how the United States got where it is today.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Highly Recommend to anyone that enjoys early American History

    Opens my eyes to things about American History that is not taught in school. Enjoyable read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Recommend

    This was an interesting journey into American history which taught me things I didn't learn in school. Somehow the people I read about became more real to me.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2013

    Good reading of American History

    I am not up on American history not having read any since college. This book provided a really good review of history from 1469 to 1789. The depth of the information in the book is excellent. It is easy to read and the topics flow well. The book brings some of the people to life and makes it more interesting. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Finally! An historian who tells History from the "Other" point of view.

    It's been said many times, "History is Written by the Victors." Kenneth C. Davis gives us a glimpse at 'the Other Perspective. It's not a complete look into what's missing from our usual history books, but it will wet your appetite enough to make you want more of the same.

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