Love and Hate in Jamestown
John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Heart of a New Nation
By David A. Price
(Knopf Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780375415418, 320pp.)
Publication Date: October 2003
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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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.