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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (613 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kenneth C. Davis Narrator: Kenneth C. Davis, Sam Freed Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9780739334461
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Kenneth C. Davis presents a collection of extraordinary stories, each detailing an overlooked episode that shaped the nation’s destiny and character. Davis’s dramatic narratives set the record straight, busting myths and bringing to light little-known but fascinating facts from a time when the nation’s fate hung in the balance.

Spanning a period from the Spanish arrival in America to George Washington’s inauguration in 1789, AMERICA’S HIDDEN HISTORY explores these episodes, among others: The story of the first real Pilgrims in America, who were wine-making French Huguenots, not dour English Separatists • The coming-of-age story of Queen Isabella, who suggested that Columbus pack the moving mess hall of pigs, which may have spread disease to many Native Americans • The long, bloody relationship between the Puritans and Indians that runs counter to the idyllic scene of the Thanksgiving feast • The little-known story of George Washington as a headstrong young soldier who committed a war crime, signed a confession, and started a war!

Full of color, intrigue, and human interest, AMERICA’S HIDDEN HISTORY proves why Davis is truly America’s teacher. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Seaberg | 2/10/2014

    " A light and quick read for a history book. Not terribly profound, but contains some things they didn't teach in school that are worth knowing. I remain struck by how deeply the shaping of American history was impacted by the bloody battle between Catholicism and Protestantism and by how brutal and savage that battle was. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Edward | 2/7/2014

    " Popcorn history by a master of the genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MJ | 1/31/2014

    " This book is about the stories that we never learned in school. Full of fun gory stories I highly recommend this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tlnorz | 1/30/2014

    " This book seemed more like a political statement by Kenneth C. Davis than a history book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 1/3/2014

    " A pretty good fast read, especially if you want to review American history in a painless way. Learned a few tid-bits I did not know previously. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 12/25/2013

    " The stories were interesting but I did not enjoy the reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorie | 11/2/2013

    " it was interesting, but it didn't blow my socks off like "Lies my teachers Told Me". Parts of it were quite dry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 4/5/2013

    " Fun history book. Very easy to read with a lot of fun facts. h "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Autumn | 5/10/2012

    " An interesting book and well worth the read, but although I am interested in history, especially what doesn't make it into history books, or is barely glossed over, this didn't quite measure up. Worth a read though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 2/16/2012

    " It had some interesting and new stuff, but if you know your history, some of it isn't actually all that "hidden". A good read anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/1/2012

    " I actually listened to this book. I thought I might learn some little known facts about the founding of our country, but I didn't learn too much new here. If you read a lot of American history, you probably won't discover much new information here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 9/9/2011

    " Great book. Very engaging and enjoyable. Davis writes in an accessible style that reminds readers that history is, at its core, a series of stories. I definitely recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David R. | 7/13/2011

    " Davis writes an engrossing account of some of the lesser known moments of early American history. There's nothing new here: I've encountered all of these moments before. But what is compelling is the collection and the storytelling. The earlier chapters are the best, and all are worth the attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 6/14/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 5/31/2011

    " I thought this was a good book. It was very interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keely | 5/9/2011

    " as dry as a high school history class... well, mine anyways. Everything in this book was left out of the history books for a reason... irrelevant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 2/23/2011

    " I learned so much about America's history that even I didn't know. It's all about Revolutionary War and before so don't expect recent history to be in here. Totally fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessi | 1/18/2011

    " I listened to the audiobook. It was interesting, but only read/listen to if you're really, really into American history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annm | 12/15/2010

    " Really interesting and lesser known stories about American History throught the writing of the Constitution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 10/22/2010

    " Fun history book. Very easy to read with a lot of fun facts. h "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 10/19/2010

    " A pretty good fast read, especially if you want to review American history in a painless way. Learned a few tid-bits I did not know previously. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 9/8/2010

    " I always enjoy reading books by Kenneth C. Davis- full of interesting little known facts and spellbinding stories.
    Great reference book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 8/16/2010

    " It had some interesting and new stuff, but if you know your history, some of it isn't actually all that "hidden". A good read anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julianne | 7/27/2010

    " Not nearly as exciting and "hidden" a history lesson as the title implied. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 7/21/2010

    " I love history books, but this one was a medium read. I did learn a few new facts that appreciated. "

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About the Author
Author Kenneth C. Davis

Kenneth C. Davis is an American popular historian and the author of the Don’t Know Much About® series with more than four million copies in print worldwide. He is a frequent media guest on national television and radio, has written for the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, and has been a commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered.

About the Narrator

Sam Freed is an actor, voice talent, and audiobook narrator.