America's Hidden History

Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation
Narrated by: Sam Freed, Kenneth C. Davis
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
4.0 out of 5 stars (107 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Kenneth C. Davis presents a collection of extraordinary stories, each detailing an overlooked episode that shaped the nation's destiny and character. Davis' 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.
  • ©2008 Kenneth C. Davis (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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    Slow and jumpy, time wise

    Started off interesting, but by an hour into it we were getting lost as the time frame kept jumping back and forth across the centuries. In this case, a hard copy is needed as frequent referrals were the order of the day to keep the characters straight. Well-researched, honest, shocking at times (we were never told what a military failure G. Washington was).

    Read a hard copy, in sections, and you should love it and learn a lot.

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    Boring, boring, boring

    I love history, and this book was a big disappointment: dry, unoriginal, nearly unbearable. I couldn't finish it. There could be compelling human stories and social history buried here, sometimes hinted at but then not pursued. The author is neither a good researcher nor a good story teller, and the whole effort is disjointed. If you have read 1491 and Guns, Germs, and Steel or any number of books about the early history of the New World, this is not the book for you!

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    very brief

    very short for the topic. there are far more details and key leaders that should have been covered

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    Great Read

    Truly a great account of history that actually makes learning exciting. I will definitely recommend this book.

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    More of History, little of Herstory

    Would you try another book from Kenneth C. Davis and/or Sam Freed and Kenneth C. Davis ?

    Doubtfully, as the title was deceptive, most of the stories centered around men, with little mention of the women as implied by the title. Very few new revelations to anyone who has read much history.

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    The book was an interesting listen, and would be fine for the general historical novice. It is not near as revealing as the prologue suggests. I expected more about Women in the book, but it really was narrow in its focus, and primarily only discussed Anne Hutchinson. Who albeit worthy of discussion, is only one of many women who shaped American history.

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    Dry like toast.

    Really unfortunate. Great content but I was sleeping 3 minutes in and within 3 minutes every time I tried to listen.

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    Overwritten

    Sorry. But if one word will do this book has 3-20, way overwritten. Couldn’t get past the first few chapters

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    Excellent

    This is an outstanding book on history. I love history, hope you will also. The narrator is very good, easy listen.