America's Hidden History

  • by Kenneth C. Davis
  • Narrated by Sam Freed, Kenneth C. Davis
  • 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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- Yeshe

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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- Rene J. Depontbriand

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-29-2008
  • Publisher: Random House Audio