Love and Hate in Jamestown by David A. Price
John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Heart of a New Nation

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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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About David A. Price

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David A. Price was raised in Richmond, Virginia and was educated at the College of William and Mary, where he received his degree in computer science. He graduated from Harvard Law School and Cambridge University. Price has written for The Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, Business 2.0, The Washington Post, Forbes and Inc. and is the author of Love & Hate in Jamestown. Price lives with his wife and two sons in Washington, D.C.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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That’s just what happened, Price writes, as struggles developed between aristocratic leaders such as the “selfish Wingfield” and “the imbecile Ratcliffe”—the epithets are those of another historian, though Price doesn’t give much reason to think them wrong, quoting a Jamestown resident who remark...

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This sparkling book retells a beloved tale in modern terms. Journalist Price's subtitle suggests that the book might be only about John Smith and Pocahontas—who "crossed into one ano

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This sparkling book retells a beloved tale in modern terms. Journalist Price's subtitle suggests that the book might be only about John Smith and Pocahontas—who "crossed into one ano

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Price sorts reality from legend in his splendid new book, Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Heart of a New Nation.At the center of Price's narrative is the clash of cultures between the newcomers, led by Captain John Smith, and the natives, represented by Chief Powhatan ...

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Price puts the first settlement back where it belongs: at the center of the American story.Price recounts the trials and tribulations of early Virginia, from Jamestown's founding to the 1622 massacre that very nearly ended the American experiment at its beginning, to the unlikely friendship betwe...

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