Great Nonfiction: America’s Hidden History, by Kenneth C. Davis

America's Hidden History LP: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation

Who were they really?

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Did you know that, when America was new, Vermont used to be a haven for rebels? Have you ever “read the riot act” to anyone? Have you ever seen the statue of Benedict Arnold in Saratoga, NY? What woman was the first to have a statue of her own? Kenneth C. Davis, who deserves the nation’s thanks for presenting our history in an interesting, palatable way, includes all of the above, and much more, in America’s Hidden History.  This book  isn’t dumbed down,  just written informally. It’s interesting to contemplate that the father of our country and our most infamous traitor shared so much in common. There must be at least a few dates included in this collection of essays, but I can’t really recall which ones, because it’s not the dates that count, it’s the stories, all of which are truly enjoyable. Our politics have always been fractious and ornery. Economics have always been a major motivator, long before our democracy was even a spark in the founding fathers’ eyes. Forget the icons and the myths, sit back and delve into this volume, and learn while having some fun that the early Americans, rich, poor, and middling, were people just like us.

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