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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (146 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Benjamin Woolley Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Four centuries ago, and fourteen years before the Mayflower, a group of men— led by a one-armed ex-pirate, an epileptic aristocrat, a reprobate cleric, and a government spy—left London aboard a fleet of three ships to start a new life in America. They arrived in Virginia in the spring of 1607 and set about trying to create a settlement on a tiny island in the James River. Despite their shortcomings, and against the odds, they built Jamestown, a ramshackle outpost that laid the foundations of the British Empire and the United States of America.

Drawing on new discoveries, neglected sources, and manuscript collections scattered across the world, Savage Kingdom challenges the textbook image of Jamestown as a mere money-making venture. It reveals a reckless, daring enterprise led by outcasts of the Old World who found themselves interlopers in a new one. It charts their journey into a beautiful landscape and a sophisticated culture that they found both ravishing and alien, which they yearned to possess but threatened to destroy. They called their new home a “savage kingdom,” but it was the savagery they had experienced in Europe that had driven them across the ocean and which they hoped to escape by building in America “one of the most glorious nations under the sun.”

An intimate story in an epic setting, Woolley shows how the land of Pocahontas came to be drawn into a new global order, reaching from London to the Orinoco Delta, from the warring kingdoms of Angola to the slave markets of Mexico, from the gates of the Ottoman Empire to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliantly framed narrative…Fascinating…A well-told story.”

    Kirkus (starred review)

  • “Woolley blends nuanced analysis with fast-paced narrative.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Evokes a stirring epic in American history in all its greed, gore, and glory.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jack Walsh | 1/10/2014

    " Close view of the ugly early colonization of Virginia by the english. Makes you wonder how they ever managed anything successfully. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Linda | 12/24/2013

    " Very dry rendition of a very interesting historical period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susan | 10/21/2013

    " A very well written look at the colony at Jamestown and the politics behind it's creation and periods of failure and success. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erin | 8/1/2013

    " This dragged for me in some places, but I still learned a lot. I may look into reading some of his other medicine-related books at some point in the future. "

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About the Author
Author Benjamin Woolley

Benjamin Woolley, a writer and broadcaster, covers both the arts and the sciences. His previous books include Virtual Worlds, an exploration of virtual reality, and The Bride of Science, a biography of Byron’s brilliant daughter. He lives in London.