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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In its totality Captain John Smith was a phenomenal book; in parts, it had some drawbacks. Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler's effort should be assayed on its totality rather than by the chapter! I have been ... Read full review

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I am not a great lover of history, however, I found this book to be very enjoyable and very enlightening. Family history is contained in this book as I am a direct descendant of Chief Powatan. Read full review


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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.