Captain John Smith: Jamestown and the Birth of the American Dream

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Wiley, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 274 pages
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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 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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Review: Captain John Smith: Jamestown and the Birth of the American Dream

User Review  - Namie - Goodreads

MUST READ!! JAMESTOWN!! Read full review

Review: Captain John Smith: Jamestown and the Birth of the American Dream

User Review  - Scott - Goodreads

It would be hard to overstate how much I enjoyed this book. The Hooblers tell the story of John Smith masterfully, with a great eye for detail and with a sense of historical balance and perspective ... Read full review

Contents

To Conquer Is to Live
25
Voyagers West
45
The First Mover of Jamestown
67
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

DOROTHY and THOMAS HOOBLER are well experienced at writing on historical topics. Their ten-volume series for Oxford Uni-versity Press, The American Family Albums, was acclaimed in the New York Times and Newsday and has received awards from educational and literary groups. Their novel, In Darkness, Death, won a 2005 Edgar Award for young adult fiction.