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The Journals of Captain John Smith: A Jamestown Biography (Adventure Classics)
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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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
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.
Born in the Midlands during the 1930’s, then brought up from modest beginnings in the South of England, the author was shocked to discover at the age of 43, during a divorce and custody battle for his children, that he was adopted at birth. He decided to search for his natural parents, which led to an entirely new and wealthy family with an inspiring 700 year old history. The next thirty years wer ...moreMore about John Thompson...