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

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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- Rebecca "College professor, feminist, educational reformer, policy analyst,foodie, and artist."

Book Details

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