Unraveling the crucial roles of Pocahontas, Captain John Smith, and Chief Powhatan, Price offers a gripping narrative of one of the great survival stories of American history--the opening of the first permanent English settlement in the New World. 2 maps.Unraveling the crucial roles of Pocahontas, Captain John Smith, and Chief Powhatan, Price offers a gripping narrative of one of the great survival stories of American history--the opening of the first permanent English settlement in the New World. 2 maps.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2003-07-21 This sparkling book retells a beloved tale in modern terms. Journalist Price's subtitle suggests that the book might be only about John Smith and Pocahontas-who "crossed into one another's cultures more than any other Englishman or native woman had done"-as well as about Pocahontas's eventual husband, John Rolfe. Fortunately, the book ranges more widely than that. Price relates the entire riveting story of the founding of Virginia. Smith is of course at the center of the tale, because rarely did a colonial leader so bountifully combine experience, insight, vision, strength of character and leadership skills to overcome extraordinary odds. But no one will come away from this work without heightened admiration also for the natives, especially Chief Powhatan, and greater knowledge of the introduction of a third people, African slaves, into the Chesapeake. The book's leitmotif is the interaction of differing cultures and men, like the British gentry, whom Smith scorned for refusing to adapt to hard colonial labor, and the wily Indians, who resorted to starving out the colonists and in 1622 massacred many of them. If there's a fault in a work built unobtrusively on the best scholarship, it's Price's insistence that we see Virginia principally as a place that rewarded courage and hard labor-for white men-in the service of self-advancement and personal liberty. Such a place it was. But it was also for all participants a site, at the start of the nation's history, of danger, horror and death. This is a splendid work of serious narrative history. 2 maps. BOMC, QPB and History Book Club alternates. (Oct. 15) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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