Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Start of a New Nation

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Vintage Books, 2005 - History - 305 pages
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A New York Times Notable Book and aSan Jose Mercury News Top 20 Nonfiction Book of 2003In 1606, approximately 105 British colonists sailed to America, seeking gold and a trade route to the Pacific. Instead, they found disease, hunger, and hostile natives. Ill prepared for such hardship, the men responded with incompetence and infighting; only the leadership of Captain John Smith averted doom for the first permanent English settlement in the New World.The Jamestown colony is one of the great survival stories of American history, and this book brings it fully to life for the first time. Drawing on extensive original documents, David A. Price paints intimate portraits of the major figures from the formidable monarch Chief Powhatan, to the resourceful but unpopular leader John Smith, to the spirited Pocahontas, who twice saved Smith’s life. He also gives a rare balanced view of relations between the settlers and the natives and debunks popular myths about the colony. This is a superb work of history, reminding us of the horrors and heroism that marked the dawning of our nation.

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User Review  - mermaidatheart - LibraryThing

This was one of the more engrossing nonfiction books I've ever read, and not just because I find the subject fascinating (although I do--I really do). Price is just plain old good at writing, making ... Read full review

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User Review  - krista.kinslow - LibraryThing

Interesting history of the relationship between John Smith and Matoaka (Pocahontas) in Jamestown in the early 1600s. Unfortunately, Price seems to speculate excessively at points in the book and seems to position the relationship as an unrequited love story. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

David A. Price has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, Forbes, and Business 2.0. He was formerly a reporter in the Washington, D.C., bureau of Investor's Business Daily. He holds degrees from Harvard Law School, Cambridge University, and the College of William and Mary. He was raised in Richmond, Virginia, and now lives with his wife and their two sons in Washington, D.C.

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