America's Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation

America's Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation

by Kenneth C. Davis
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America's Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation by Kenneth C. Davis

Kenneth C. Davis 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 explores 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, which may have spread disease to many Native Americans • The long, bloody relationship between the Puritans 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!

Full of color, intrigue, and human interest, AMERICA’S HIDDEN HISTORY proves why Davis is truly America’s teacher.

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ISBN-13: 9780307751355
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/26/2010
Sales rank: 782,522
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kenneth C. Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of A Nation Rising; America’s Hidden History; and Don’t Know Much About® History, which sold more than 1.6 million copies, and gave rise to his phenomenal Don’t Know Much About® series for adults and children. He blogs regularly at www.dontknowmuch.com.

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America's Hidden History 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Renda_Brooks More than 1 year ago
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.
villageanne More than 1 year ago
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.
niafong More than 1 year ago
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!
Nana-nina More than 1 year ago
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.
StPeteBuzz More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Opens my eyes to things about American History that is not taught in school. Enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this as a gift to my 14-year-old son, who is a real history buff. He thought it was a great read, that it had new and interesting information.
reader75LL More than 1 year ago
I was familiar with parts of the Hidden History, and was very interested in reading about the parts that I was not familiar with. The author has done a good job in research and writing about the past. Good read
DE_L More than 1 year ago
Davis does a great job probing America's past bringing forth true stories that help to better understand our history. The history we learned in high school left much of the truth about our Colonial "heroes." I wouldn't say they have clay feet but that they were human just like the rest of us. If you enjoy the early history of America, this book with fill the many holes most of us carry.
BkMan More than 1 year ago
Liked it... fun and interesting.
DavenookHD More than 1 year ago
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.
Diamond_Jim More than 1 year ago
America’s Hidden History, by Kenneth C. Davis, is a very well researched book which features seven different episodes of American History. The writer has dug deeply into the details that have been left out of most history books. Many of the odd-ball details that he has uncovered make this very interesting. It is a good read and well worth the cost of the book and investment of time.
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So moch better than the cut and dried versions taught in school. This brings history to life with real people and their motivations successes and failures.
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