Kenneth C. Davis
America's Hidden History
July 12, 2019 Comments.. 651
America s Hidden History Kenneth C Davis s Don t Know Much About History transformed the line of a Simon Garfunkel lyric first into a resilient bestseller and then into a hit series In America s Hidden History he ventures in

  • Title: America's Hidden History
  • Author: Kenneth C. Davis
  • ISBN: 9781616849368
  • Page: 233
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Kenneth C Davis s Don t Know Much About History transformed the line of a Simon Garfunkel lyric first into a resilient bestseller and then into a hit series In America s Hidden History, he ventures into America s much mythologized colonial history with the same light touch that made his earlier episodic narratives so popular.

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    1. John says:

      I'm trying to decide whether books like this are good or bad and I guess I'm going with good. The thing that bothers me is that these are not "untold" tales- as Davis makes very clear in this book, he is simply reading actual academic history books, taking interesting minutia out of them, and writing that minutia down in his own book. I do that to my friends all the time, but I just tell them the trivia, I don't make my own book out of it. And it really just amounts to trivia. Davis implies that [...]

    2. Celia says:

      An educational and entertaining book that relates 6 different episodes in the history of our country starting in 1497.Each chapter starts with a list of dates and relevant-to-that-chapter happenings.Of course you will have to read the book to find out all the unknown events in each chapter. I learned plenty. But I will include a cryptic comment for each chapter, just to pique your interestABELLA'S PIGSNo wonder there are so many feral pigs in Florida!!HANNAH'S ESCAPEHer experiences make ME glad [...]

    3. Chris says:

      This was one of the worst history books I’ve ever read. I realize there’s a market for such books, and I see that it gets tons of great reviews, but I really don’t see how this would appeal to anyone who has had more than a couple of high school history classes. 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 [...]

    4. Mike says:

      This is an excellent book. Davis writes in a clear, engaging, narrative style, with purpose and focus. His purpose here is to tell more about the foundations of the United States, from its European beginnings as small colonial outposts up to and including the need for the Constitution. Many people with a passing knowledge of history will know parts of these stories, but Davis includes a pleasing amount of detail for interest, without getting bogged down. Here is what is in the book: A brief syno [...]

    5. Jack says:

      This book is a very good read. A wealth of little know facts of American history covering, basically, 6 events - from the Spanish conquest of America to the second revolution that almost derailed the great experiment in democracy (Shay's Rebellion).The author Kenneth Davis present the story behind the story - what your history books didn't tell you. For instance, forget the ax and the cherry tree When George Washington was a young man - long before the American Revolution - he was the commander [...]

    6. Asails F says:

      A compilation of short stories that I enjoyed. The most important concerning the world sitation 11/22/2011 is called Lafayette's Sword.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. It [...]

    7. Bonnie says:

      I'm betting this book was a brand new car. This was Davis's way to pay for something. Maybe a vacation at the beach, college tuition, etc. Whatever the purchase, this was not a serious academic endeavor. 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 [...]

    8. thewestchestarian says:

      More history than revelation. Kenneth C. Davis forged a career by reporting actual history rather than the sanitized propaganda-laden tales told in your average grammar school history book. Often these more bloody, messy tales of actual lives of historical figures lead you to respect them more given they had to earn their place through trial and error rather than seeming to be divinely driven to greatness as most historian would have it. Davis’s ”America’s Hidden History…” focuses on t [...]

    9. Stephanie says:

      America's Hidden History is a compilation of "hidden" events and people from roughly 1600 through the Constitutional Convention. This book is definitely intended for folks who slept through early American History in high school and haven't revisited it since. Since my major undergraduate concentration area was history, I taught social studies, and currently I read history for enjoyment, I'm not the target demographic. I found it to be a rehash of several other American History books currently on [...]

    10. Kathleen says:

      Good book for the bathroom. Interesting short stories but hard to get through from cover to cover

    11. David Bales says:

      Interesting book about tidbits of "hidden history" (and some not so hidden) from the 16th to the eighteenth centuries. It starts with the failed French Protestant colony of Fort Caroline,(massacred by the Spanish in 1564) on the coast of what is now northern Florida and the Puritans in Massachusetts (who kicked out Anne Hutchison for her "free thinking" in 1634) and ending with several chapters on the American Revolution and the aftermath, leading to the Constitutional Convention of 1787. There [...]

    12. Randy Daugherty says:

      The Pilgrims most often celebrated as the First Americans other than true Natives,thought as the first Europeans in North America but in fact the first Europeans were French Huguenots, wine makers and coming to America as most did, for the freedom to practice their religion.The Spanish down in Florida, were the first to bring slaves to America, and in fact the slave trade extended both ways with many tribes raided and traded as slaves with Cuba.The in fighting among the Pilgrims those who were C [...]

    13. Jeni Enjaian says:

      Frankly, this book is pretty lousy. There's not much "hidden history" included in this book, obscure history sure but not hidden. Davis spends far too much time on well known facts and figures than is good for him since he supposedly was trying to write a book about "hidden" history. He might be able to get away with saying that it was "hidden" in plain sight but that's almost laughable.Here are some of the problems with the book.First, Davis spends a significant portion of the book talking abou [...]

    14. Mary says:

      Read quickly while in the process of reading The Real George Washington- and I got the impression that he was not really all that impressed with George Washington. I really don't like it when people tend to put others on such high pedestal that they become "demi-gods" but I am more offended when people try to normalized them back again by pointing out in the worst possible light that they had faults. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams (founders), Abraham Lincoln- these were all just [...]

    15. Nancy says:

      While there were few things I didn't know at least something about in this book, Davis digs deeper into America's history than what most of us learned in school. 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 [...]

    16. Linda says:

      Did you know that, when America was new, Vermont used to be a haven for rebels? Have you ever "read the riot act" to anyone? Have you ever seen the statue of Benedict Arnold in Saratoga, NY? What woman was the first to have a statue of her own? Kenneth C. Davis, who deserves the nation's thanks for presenting our history in an interesting, palatable way, includes all of the above, and much more, in America's Hidden History. It's interesting to contemplate that the father of our country and our m [...]

    17. Rachelle says:

      Was this my favorite history book that I’ve ever read? No. But it did what it was supposed to do. It whet my appetite for American history. It turned dull dates and names and events that we have all learned about in school into real people with real grievances and real consequences for the place that they were living.Is it a comprehensive book about the American Revolution and Colonial America? Of course not, it would be impossible to summarize the complete history of one person or event in 28 [...]

    18. Lisa says:

      Some of this book deserves 4 or 5 stars but the beginning really wasn't that good so I compromised and gave it 3 stars, which means I liked it. I really enjoy reading and learning the history about the revolutionary war and our founding fathers. He gave some great history of George Washington, and Benedict Arnold that was so interesting. I really liked that he mentioned the quartering act was one of the reasons behind the revolutionary war. I took a class at Snow College, the History of England, [...]

    19. Drick says:

      Those who love Howard Zinn's People's History of the American People will enjoy this book. this book only coverse the period of US History before and up to the writing of constitution and contains stories of unkonwn persons whose lives were quite influential in their time, but in many ways who were villified or forgotten: Hannah Dustin, Anne Hutchinson, Benedict Arnold, James Schey of Shey's Rebellion, and so on. The book is written in an a story telling manner and is a goog read. Perhaps the mo [...]

    20. Tom Tabasco says:

      Just terrible. It's possible that my experience was made even worse by the audiobook reader, who spoke in a drone-like flat dry tone, but to be honest this is quite simply one of the most appalling history books I've ever read. It never gives enough context, it always provides too much or too little detail. Sometimes it gives too much for granted, sometimes too little. Its historic approach to each of the separate segments is so shallow that it often feels like you are reading a highschool textb [...]

    21. Bob says:

      This book covered some interesting topics but did not do so thoroughly enough to be engaging. Like a high school history textbook, it contained several long lists of dates and events and did little to bring life or personality to the historical figures represented. A well-written history book understands its subjects so well that it makes you feel like you know them, but in this book they were like silhouettes.

    22. Nicole says:

      This book is a must read for any US history teacher and student. I love how Davis explains the whole story and ignores the "neat and tidy" focus of history so often presented. The last chapter on Shay's Rebellion and the creation of the Constitution was my favorite and I plan to use portions with my students.

    23. Mary Martin says:

      This book was interesting in that it really reminds us that the 'Fathers of our Country" were real people with all the faults and foibles of people today.George Washington's rough start in his firt military encounter was especially enlightening, not to mention forever debunking the cherry tree myth!

    24. Mike says:

      This book is a brief history of America from her discovery up through the ratification of the Constitution. This is not a book of dates and data, but a series of profiles of people, some you've heard of and others not. All of it was interesting. It has spurred an interest to read further about the men and women of the American Revolution.I enjoyed this read and I think you will too.

    25. Rick says:

      Very interesting look at some of the lesser-known figures in American history. Not an in-depth delving, but an excellent overview of some of the people and events that shaped the country and are not taught in school.

    26. Jennifer says:

      That was not an easy book to read. The style was jumbled, too many tangents. And there were very few "Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders." The first pilgrims part is right, and the first few chapters did include more of the opening history of the Americas once the Europeans arrived.

    27. Matthew says:

      If you know anything about American history, this book will bore you. There isn't very much hidden about the history presented in the book.

    28. Whitney Hassell says:

      I truly enjoyed this read! It was interesting, informative, and humorous. I like Davis' writing style and look forward to reading more of his books in the future!

    29. Billy says:

      Not your normal history book. It looks into some events and characters that normally get less publicity and acclaim.

    30. Jan C says:

      Enjoyable listen on a long trip.Many little factoids that even I was unaware of.

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