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Captain John Smith: Jamestown and the Birth of the American Dream

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
America was the place Smith had dreamed of his whole life.There, his character, determination, and ambition had propelled him to the top of society. He spent the rest of his life trying to return. Though he failed, he pointed the way for others, who were drawn by the dream that opportunity was here for anyone who dared seize it . . . Smith founded more than a colony. He ga ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Wiley
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Mar 23, 2016 Scott rated it it was amazing
It would be hard to overstate how much I enjoyed this book. The Hooblers tell the story of John Smith masterfully, with a great eye for detail and with a sense of historical balance and perspective. For anyone interested in either Captain John Smith or the Jamestown colony, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I expect to be reading it a second time within the next year.
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Sep 16, 2015 Pete daPixie rated it really liked it
Just a casual snatch off a library shelf, turned into a very pleasant surprise. I thought I knew the bare bones story of John Smith, Jamestown and Pocahontas, only to discover how little of the history of England's early explorations of this New World I understood.
The authors, Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler have produced a very commendable biography of Captain John Smith, not just his involvement with Jamestown. A surprise for me was learning of his exploits fighting in the Netherlands, France and T
Couldn't put it down! Move over Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt, John Smith is just as intriguing!

I totally consider him the first American. He began the mindset and set so many precedents!
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Jan 04, 2008 Suzie Gowie rated it it was amazing
I am not a great lover of history, however, I found this book to be very enjoyable and very enlightening. Family history is contained in this book as I am a direct descendant of Chief Powatan.
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I am not sure what to think of this book actually. I got this at the library while I was looking at another book and said sure let me see how it was rated. It was rate pretty high at 3.85 Stars, so I was excited to read it. It really read into 3 books, 1 of Captain John Smith and his life, the history of Jamestown and how he was there and also how Jamestown really sprung the rest of the development of America from Europe. The authors put it together for the most part, but probably should have st ...more
Evan Bolick
Jun 25, 2008 Evan Bolick rated it liked it
John Smith is an incredibly fascinating man. He fought in the crusades, was made a slave, worked his way up the British hierarchy and really kept Jamestown together. He accomplished all this by his mid-20s (I have not yet even conquered law school in my mid-twenties, *sigh*). The writing is a bit simplistic, which is why I gave this book 3 stars (also, the citations were a bit sparse). However, it is reader-friendly (which is always difficult for a work of non-fiction in my opinion) and also she ...more
Ryan Abbott
Apr 12, 2013 Ryan Abbott rated it really liked it
Great read- many things I thought I knew where wrong- but discovered so many more. Good history of the beginning of America. Without the influence of Smith, a Yeoman- American may have been much more elitist like England.
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Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler, a married couple who have written numerous books together, were drawn to this story of great writers inspiring each other collaboratively. Their most recent novel, In Darkness, Death, won a 2005 Edgar Award. They live in New York City.

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