America's Hidden History
Kenneth C. Davis, author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller Don't Know Much About History, presents a collection of extraordinary stories, each detailing an overlooked episode that shaped the nation's destiny and character. Davis's dramatic narratives set the record straight, busting myths and bringing to light little-known but fascinating facts from a time when t...more
Here is what is in the book: A brief syno...more
A story about Shay's rebellion which tried to take over the Springfield Mass. Armoury. The rich and gentried based in Boston and other cities tried to stop this group of war heroes and landowners - small farmers. These landowners were abused by laws that sent them to debtors prisons and resulted in their loss of property. One should read the rest of the story.
The premise of Davis’ work is that you don’t get a complete history of the early pre-nation days of America in your standard history class. I agree completely. There’s far too much material, and for purposes of giving a basic overview of...more
The book begins with Christopher Columbus's journey to the "New World" and the general happiness of the natives and newcomers. Davis then goes into the sickness and torture the "Indians" went through, which he blames on the pigs Queen Isabella sent over....more
Kenneth Davis has had great success with books like Don't Know a lot About History, etc. These books have been able to give a fundamental look at the basics of history (he has one for American history, the Bible, and other areas). This book, along with Nation Rising focus on the more 'obscure' stories from American history.
The charm of th...more
Let me start with the good. The stories were interesting. I didn't know many of them, and I appreciated learning them. In particular, the Ferdinand and Isabella chapter was very good. OK, now for the critique.
For one thing, the writing style was sloppy. Saying that so-and-so's relationship "sou...more
I like this trend of history books written to pull more people into reading hist...more
The historical periods covered range from the early Spanish conquistadors/explorers through the aftermath of the Revolutionary War in the 1780s.
Davis discusses the role of the importation of pigs as spreaders of disease, and further notes the impact of disease during crucial historical moments.
We learn that the Hugenot refugees from Fra...more
Benedict Arnold was a good, strong officer in the fledgling American army during the Revolutionary War. But he was continually turned down for promotions...more
Something that I learned from this book: The first European settlers in what is now The USA were not WASPy pilgrims in the Mayflower, but rather French Huguenots esca...more
Each chapter starts with a timeline, then proceeds to some "unknown" (or, more accurately, little taught) event - for example, a massacre of French troops that a very young George Washington was involved with - and then moves all over the map to talk about other, more c...more