America’s Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation, by Kenneth C. Davis
You already know that I’m a history nerd. This book really helps to explore some of the lesser known historic figures in American history.
The book has several chapters on different time periods in history; between the arrival of the Spanish and the Revolutionary War. It includes stories about Queen Isabella, who insisted the explorers take pigs along to the New World, which were likely a significant vector of disease. And George Washington’s pesky little insubordination and war crime in 1754 that led up to the Battle of Fort Necessity.
The stories about the Revolutionary War were fascinating as well. We all know about Benedict Arnold and his ultimate betrayal of the Patriot cause during the Revolutionary War. But did you know about the successes that he achieved prior to his treason? And did you know about his role after he crossed over to the British Army? He led troops for the British against the Americans.
I listened to this on audiobook, and my only real gripe was the fact that the last CD of the set was a duplicate of the second to last CD. Which meant that I didn’t get to hear the end of the book! I was able to download the corrected version from the library and hear the last portion of the book. I emailed Penguin Randomhouse Audio about replacing the last CD; I hope they are willing to send a correct recording of the last disc!