Having been to Jamestown several times, it was great to get the chief archaeologist's insights and story. Despite the set backs, miscues, and disasters, the drive and vision of the people who settled is inspiring. To be sure, these were real, flawed individuals. For me, that makes the survival and ultimate success of the colony remarkable.
I have read the available primary sources, which are available online. But as Kelso correctly points out, the written record is thin. I also plan to listen to The Savage Kingdom (available on audible!), but haven't yet.
The portions dealing with Gosnold.
No, there is much detailed information to digest. In fact I am on my second listening.
Another reviewer pointed out that the maps and diagrams are needed. I suggest going to historicjamestowne(dot)org for further information.
Strange journey (of) happenstance: There are so many weird characters and threads here that the reader want there to be a good story. The story is really about the search for a story or the promise of a story -- a story that you want to believe. The story the author wants to tell never quite closes, even within the confines of the book. This isn't really storytelling anyway, it is reporting but the loose ends never get tied up.
Depends: Certainly there is a lot to discuss in this wide-ranging book. In the end I am not sure that the payoff is there.
He nailed it: the overly self-aware, overly literate author's inner voice of motivation.
The recounting of the holocaust came the closest, but I think most readers will have previously confronted those demons, sickening though they may be.
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