Captain John Smith: Jamestown and the Birth of the American Dream [NOOK Book]

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"America was the place Smith had dreamed of his whole life.There, his character, determination, and ambition had propelled him to the top of society. He spent the rest of his life trying to return. Though he failed, he pointed the way for others, who were drawn by the dream that opportunity was here for anyone who dared seize it . . . Smith founded more than a colony. He gave birth to the American dream."
?from Captain John Smith

Captain John Smith tells the real story behind the swashbuckling character who ...

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Overview

"America was the place Smith had dreamed of his whole life.There, his character, determination, and ambition had propelled him to the top of society. He spent the rest of his life trying to return. Though he failed, he pointed the way for others, who were drawn by the dream that opportunity was here for anyone who dared seize it . . . Smith founded more than a colony. He gave birth to the American dream."
—from Captain John Smith

Captain John Smith tells the real story behind the swashbuckling character who founded the Jamestown colony, wrote the first book in English in America, and cheated death many times by a mere hairbreadth. Based on rich primary sources, including Smith's own writings and newly discovered material, this enlightening book explores Smith's early days, his forceful leadership at Jamestown that was so critical to its survival, and his efforts upon his return to England to continue settlements in America. This unique volume also reveals the truth behind Smith's relationship with Pocahontas, a tale that history has greatly distorted. Bringing to life heroic deeds and dramatic escapes as well as moments of great suffering and hardship, Captain John Smith serves as a great testament to this important historical figure.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470314982
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/21/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 868,422
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler are the authors of the ten-volume seriesThe American Family Albums, which was acclaimed by the New York Times.Their novel In Darkness, Death won a 2005 Edgar Award for young adult fiction.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Prologue.

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.

Notes.

For Further Reading.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2008

    Fact or Fiction-We'll Never Know?!?!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2008

    A reviewer

    very good it tells alot about his life and a very good book i definetly recromend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2006

    Another Captain John Smith Book

    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.

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