Savage Kingdom

The True Story of Jamestown, 1607, and the Settlement of America
CD - unabridged
Audio (11 discs)
Product Number: DD19446
Released: Jul 15, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781400104703
Narrator/s: David Drummond
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
Please log in to view pricing

Description

Published to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the first American colony, Savage Kingdom presents a bold, even reckless, political adventure driven by a sense of imperial destiny and dogged by official hostility. 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.

Bundle:

Please login to view pricing, or register now
Savage Kingdom
Product Number: BX00040752
Product Number:Z100090037
Product Number:DD19446

All formats/editions

eAudio
x-large
Author(s): Benjamin Woolley
Narrator(s): David Drummond
Product Number Z100090037
Released: Feb 10, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781400124701
eBook
x-large
Author(s): Benjamin Woolley
Genre: History
Product Number EB00609691
Released: May 17, 2015
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: HarperPress
ISBN: #9780007404971

Professional reviews

"The Jamestown settlement of 1607, like so many other events surrounding the birth of America, is shrouded in myth. Woolley's history of early Virginia--released to celebrate the colony's 400th anniversary--seeks to set the historical record straight with respect to John Smith, Pocahontas, and the lesser known settlers. David Drummond's narration is straightforward and easy to listen to, and he dus his best to liven up the material. He clearly adjusts his delivery to indicate when he's reading a historical quote rather than Woolley's own words. Ultimately, however, the text is simply not engaging, and the production sounds like a long lecture rather than a narrative of an exciting and adventurous period in American history. D.B. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"

Professional reviews

"The Jamestown settlement of 1607, like so many other events surrounding the birth of America, is shrouded in myth. Woolley's history of early Virginia--released to celebrate the colony's 400th anniversary--seeks to set the historical record straight with respect to John Smith, Pocahontas, and the lesser known settlers. David Drummond's narration is straightforward and easy to listen to, and he does his best to liven up the material. He clearly adjusts his delivery to indicate when he's reading a historical quote rather than Woolley's own words. Ultimately, however, the text is simply not engaging, and the production sounds like a long lecture rather than a narrative of an exciting and adventurous period in American history. D.B. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"

Sign up for our email newsletter