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The Journals of Captain John Smith: A Jamestown Biography (Adventure Classics)

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Drawing from Smith's own personal journals, this concise biography paints a rich and detailed portrait of one of America's most intriguing founding fathers. Historian John Thompson guides us through annotated selections of Smith's most important and compelling writings, adding authoritative perspective and commentary to round out the picture. The volume includes some of th ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by National Geographic
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Nancy Moore
Jan 15, 2016 Nancy Moore rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the history in this book. At the beginning of every chapter is a summary of the events of that chapter in italics by the editor, then the chapter ensues with the original journal entries. After a few chapters, I got bogged down by the old English language in the original journals, and began just reading the summaries at the chapter beginning and then just skimming the journal. The summaries are very thorough in reporting what happened & much easier to understand. From the Introduct ...more
Barbara
Aug 19, 2012 Barbara rated it it was ok
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annoying book. Could have been very interesting if the author hadn't decided to tell us everything fist in a modern version and then tell you the same story in the orinal texts. So you had to read everything twice. At least you will remember what you read.
Stevahkno  Fwaurmo
May 30, 2011 Stevahkno Fwaurmo rated it really liked it
I had to read this book for one of my classes, and at first dreaded having to do it, but as I dug deeper into the book it turned out to be quite fascinating and very informative.
Ever
Jan 13, 2008 Ever rated it liked it
There is too much editing and annotation present for me to really like this, but it is a neat sampling of John Smith's writings.
Aileen
Jan 27, 2011 Aileen rated it really liked it
This is a decent book. I've enjoyed the extra detail on John Smith that you don't normally get in other books.
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