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Author: John Demos Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2017 ISBN: 9781538434482
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The setting for this haunting and encyclopedically researched work of history is colonial Massachusetts, where English Puritans first endeavored to “civilize” a “savage” native populace. There, in February 1704, a French and Indian war party descended on the village of Deerfield, abducting a Puritan minister and his children. Although John Williams was eventually released, his daughter horrified the family by staying with her captors and marrying a Mohawk husband.

Out of this incident, Bancroft Prize–winning historian John Devos has constructed a gripping narrative that opens a window into North America where English, French, and Native Americans faced one another across gulfs of culture and belief—and sometimes crossed over.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The words that come to mind when reading his book are: skill, historical acuity, and intellectual integrity.”

    New York Times

  • “Fascinating and alluring in the way the best writing on history can be.”

    Observer (London)

  • “Powerful and useful…Demos has achieved the kind of balancing act that historians constantly strive for but seldom achieve.”

    New Republic

  • “Fascinating, lively, and especially timely to an age struggling to understand the implications of its own cross-cultural encounters.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 1995 Francis Parkman Prize
  • Nominated for the National Book Award

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About the Author

John Demos is an American author and historian and the Samuel Knight Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University. His books include The Unredeemed Captive, which won the Francis Parkman Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Entertaining Satan, which won the Bancroft Prize. He lives in Tyringham, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Fred Berman has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He is an actor of theater, film, and television whose credits include Broadway’s The Lion King, Law & Order, and Directing Eddie, among others. He was featured in Entertainment Weekly for his work on the Walking Dead audiobook series.