- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (Jan. 4 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400031729
- ISBN-13: 978-1400031726
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #587,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Start of a New Nation Paperback – Jan 4 2005
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“Splendidly realized. . . . Price has given the Jamestown story a contemporary freshness.”–The Boston Globe
“Solid and engaging. . . . Price focuses on the human story of Jamestown, nearly mythic in its resonances.” --The New York Times
“Price clears away the misconceptions and sugar-coated half truths to reveal the true story of the Virginia Colony. . . . Full of drama, tragedy, and heartbreak.” --Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Price’s well-researched book skillfully weaves together period letters and historical documents into a narrative and is an engaging and detailed account of the many lives that clashed during the founding of Virginia.” --US News & World Report
“A scrupulously researched retelling. . . . One cannot help but be impressed by the depth and breadth of Price’s knowledge.” --The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Not only intellectually palatable, but also a juicy feast of compelling storytelling. . . . Love and Hate in Jamestown deserves an honored spot in any history buff’s library.” –Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Greed, arrogance, intrigue, valor, stupidity, suspense, and cataclysmic tragedy . . . Price interweaves all these elements with a graceful, reportorial style that never forgets the humanity of the individuals involved.” –Orlando Sentinel
“The most historically correct and stylistically elegant rendering of John Smith and Pocahontas that I have ever read.” –Joseph J. Ellis, author of Founding Brothers
“The story David Price tells so lucidly is far more compelling than the popular tale. . . . A splendid book.” –The Christian Science Monitor
“John Smith . . . is scrupulously brought to life. . . . Price has re-created a figure to whom this nation owes a debt.” —Dallas Morning News
“The Jamestown story is splendidly realized. . . . Firmly grounded in original sources, particularly Smith’s own vivid records, and in later scholarship.” –Detroit Free Press
“A superb narrative of the founding of the first colony.” –The New York Sun
“[Price] has perused literally all existing record, letters, articles, manuscripts, shipping accounts, slavery files, and other accounts to bring us the real story of the complex first years of the colony. . . . A valuable study.” –The Decatur Daily
“In Price’s research, both Smith and Pocahontas emerge as full, compelling characters.” –Washington City Paper
“[An] admirable new history. . . . A fine book, one that personifies the virtues I esteem in a work of popular history: clarity, intelligence, grace, novelty, and brevity.” –David L. Beck, San Jose Mercury News
“[An] impeccably researched and very able retelling . . . The intersection of the Jamestown story with the careers of Smith and Pocahontas makes a fascinating narrative, and Price has done it full justice.” –The Independent (London)
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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. Drawing on period letters and chronicles, and on the papers of the Virginia Company-which financed the settlement of Jamestown-David Price tells a tale of cowardice and courage, stupidity and brilliance, tragedy and costly triumph. He takes us into the day-to-day existence of the English men and women whose charge was to find gold and a route to the Orient, and who found, instead, hardship and wretched misery. Death, in fact, became the settlers' most faithful companion, and their infighting was ceaseless.
Price offers a rare balanced view of the relationship between the settlers and the natives. He unravels the crucial role of Pocahontas, a young woman whose reality has been obscured by centuries of legend and misinformation (and, more recently, animation). He paints indelible portraits of Chief Powhatan, the aged monarch who came close to ending the colony's existence, and Captain John Smith, the former mercenary and slave, whose disdain for class distinctions infuriated many around him-even as his resourcefulness made him essential to the colony's success.
"Love and Hate in Jamestown is a superb work of popular history, reminding us of the horrors and heroism that marked the dawning of our nation.
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The marginalia at the back of the book is a real gem because you get a peek into the controversies and methodological issues surrounding the study of Jamestown, specifically whether Pocahontas really did save John Smith's life and whether there was a particular dry spell in Virginia during the Jamestown (and Roanoke) years to have contributed significantly to the near failure (and actual failure for Roanoke) of the Jamestown colony. It is just unfortunate that this aspect of the book wasn't expanded on; it covers just under ten pages. However, it's well worth further study if you have a particular interest in this topic and want to delve in more deeply than just an overview.
All in all, a five-star reveiw for beginners (who this book is really aimed at) and four stars if you are looking for something more focused.
The upper-class councilors and leaders only succeeded in making Jamestown dangerous, and did not make it profitable. Smith, a commoner who had studied Machiavelli and intended to use his knowledge, got into trouble even on the voyage from England. He was actually imprisoned on the ship, for insurrection; probably he was doing nothing more than insisting that people do things his way. He learned the language and customs of the Indians. This was essential; these were not unorganized tribes, but a confederation of tribes ruled by Powhatan, an intelligent and ruthless military leader. Although Smith was only in Jamestown for little more than two years (1607- 1609), much of the book is devoted to the displays of friendship, enmity, trust, and betrayal between the two strong central characters. The third main character, Pocahontas, remains obscure in history, partially because Smith, in all his writings, had little to say about her. It does seem that she rescued him not once but twice, but at the time she was around twelve years old. While it is possible she might have had some adolescent infatuation for the powerful leader of the colonists, no historian seriously believes in a romance between them. After Smith left, due to an injury, she was captured to blackmail Powhatan, but joined the settlers. She was married to John Rolfe, a widower who gave us the blessings of tobacco as a cash crop. She sailed to England, where she and Smith had one awkward reunion, but he was able to ensure that she was not neglected by the court when he wrote a letter to Queen Anne to confirm her merits, the aid she had given the settlers, and her status as the daughter of the equivalent of an emperor. The Old World was too much for her; she died, probably of pneumonia or tuberculosis, before Rolfe could take her, against her will, back to the New.
John Smith never returned to Jamestown, although he explored and mapped New England (he gave it that name) and he was always writing books to promote further colonization. Price's book makes clear that Smith's enterprise, and the Virginia Company's, were commercial from the start; Jamestown was a company before it was a colony. As the man who saved it, Smith became memorialized as a particularly fine example of an American; Chief Justice Marshall, George Bancroft, Noah Webster, and others praised his courage, prudence, and resolution. (It might be, too, that his interest in wealth, exploitation, and self-promotion are also American characteristics.) Price is right to show that that though Smith was no Founding Father, and that the Founding Fathers did not look to him directly for an example, he had prescient views of America as a place of liberty, where one could pursue one's own purposes and passions as far as one's ability and industriousness could go.
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