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That question has been asked repeatedly for centuries; now, here is the most definitive answer. Captain John Smith explores the true history be-hind the man who would become the person most directly responsible for the survival of the Jamestown colony. Based on Smith's own writings —which history has proven to be accurate—and on letters and diaries from other Jamestown colonists and archives in both Virginia and England, this enlightening volume focuses in riveting detail on the years Smith spent in Jamestown and his efforts to promote the colony after his return to England, while also covering his swashbuckling earlier life.
Using newly discovered material, historians Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler present a well-rounded portrait of the Jamestown colony and Smith's accomplishments there, as well as new information on the Native Americans Smith and the other colonists encountered.?The famous tale of Smith and Pocahontas carried down through history has distorted and even falsified their actual lives, turning them into colonial America's Romeo and Juliet. The Hooblers demythologize Smith's relationship with Pocahontas—who in reality was a preadolescent child—and examine the truth behind her efforts to rescue Smith from death, possibly more than once.
You'll experience all the heroic deeds, hairbreadth escapes, suffering, and glory of Smith's pre-Jamestown days—stirring events that have all but been forgotten. You'll be there as he finds himself thrown overboard ships only to be rescued; joins in fierce battles only to be gifted with riches; and encounters a variety of efforts to kill him—whether by jousting battle, ambush, or execution—only to find help from sympathizers. For Smith, it was often a case of the damsel helping the knight, appearing at a critical moment to spare his life yet again. His astounding ability to maneuver his way out of disastrous situations allowed Smith to make his mark—but did he owe his success to cunning, talent, or sheer luck?
As the settlement of Jamestown approaches its four hundredth anniversary, Captain John Smith leads the way with a thrilling, eye-opening account of this key figure in American history.
1. Dreams of Glory.
2. “To Conquer Is to Live.”
3. Voyagers West.
4. The “First Mover” of Jamestown.
5. A Charge of Mutiny.
6. Disease, Dissension, and Death.
7. The Great American Myth.
8. Conflicting Agendas.
9. Seeking the Future.
10. Smith vs. Newport.
11. Smith vs. Powhatan.
12. Smith Takes Charge.
13. “My Hands Have Been My Lands.”
14. The Dream Survives the Man.
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Posted September 13, 2008
This is very good, but how do we really know for sure that John Smith did not lie about Pochontas and whethere or not it was a ritual or not or whether or not he did lie about it to make himself more popular and more successful. ? So in conclusion, we can not really say whether he did or he did not lie about these events.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 12, 2008
Posted February 24, 2006
Captain John Smith and the Birth of the American Dream is written in an easy flowing, easy to read manner that does not get boring. The authors offer bits of information found in about every book written about Captain John Smith, all rolled into one book. Enough information is given to grab the interest of one who is motivated to do more research to dig for the details, or to satisfy one who likes reading condensed versions. One striking detail that is new to a Captain John Smith biography here, is that the authors go so far as to suggest that Captain John Smith may have been a homosexual. In my opinion, if you are looking for a good book on the life of Captain John Smith and Jamestown, there are many other books on the market that will make a better choice.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.