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A Nation Rising: Untold Tales of Flawed Founders, Fallen Heroes, and Forgotten Fighters from America's Hidden History Hardcover – May 11, 2010

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Davis is a widely read author and a contributor to National Public Radio. He has made a career out of writing about the supposedly “hidden” truths that transcend the mythology about American history. Here, he offers a series of essays that covers the period from 1800 to 1850, which witnessed massive territorial expansion, controversy over slavery, and efforts to forge a national identity. Incidents covered include the trial of Aaron Burr for treason, the Seminole War in Florida, a slave uprising in Louisiana, and anti-Catholic riots in Philadelphia. Professional historians may cringe at Davis’ claims of revealing hidden truths, given that virtually all of these topics are familiar to scholars. Still, Davis is a fine writer who uses a fast-moving narrative to tell these stories well. He knows his facts, and his assertions and speculations are generally credible. For general readers who wish to expand their knowledge of the period, this is an informative and enjoyable work. --Jay Freeman


“With his special gift for revealing the significance of neglected historical characters, Kenneth Davis creates a multi-layered, haunting narrative.” (Ray Raphael, author of Founders)

Praise for America’s Hidden History:“American history in the vibrant narrative tradition of David McCullough.” (Ron Powers, author of Flags of Our Fathers)

“Davis is a fine writer who uses a fast-moving narrative to tell these stories well... This is an informative and enjoyable work.” (Booklist)

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonian; First Edition edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061118206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061118203
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,635,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kenneth C. Davis is the author of Don't Know Much About® History, which spent 35 consecutive weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, and gave rise to the Don't Know Much About® series, which has a combined in-print total of 4.3-million copies. Davis has been dubbed the "King of Knowing" by because he becomes a subject expert in all of the areas he writes about: the Bible, Mythology, snd the Civil War, for example, and his latest Don't Know Much About® the American Presidents. Davis's success aptly makes the case that Americans don't hate history, just the dull version they slept through in class. But many of them want to know now because their kids are asking them questions they can't answer. Davis's approach is to refresh us on the subjects we should have learned in school. He does it by busting myths, setting the record straight and always remembering that fun is not a four-word letter word. Kenneth C. Davis is a frequent media guest and has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows, including NPR, The Today Show, Fox and Friends, CNN, and The O'Reilly Factor. He has been a commentator for All Things Considered, and has written for the New York Times Op-Ed page, Smithsonian magazine and CNN,com and other national publications. In addition to his adult titles, he writes the Don't Know Much About Children's series published by HarperCollins. He lives in New York with his wife. They have two grown children.

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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Kenneth Davis uses six incidents in American history for the `forgotten' period of history between Independence and the Civil War. He asks the question why don't we include them in our school curriculum? Given the current state of many school's time constraints; much of the history of WWI, II Korea and Vietnam are being forgotten too. That would be a better question addressed, than these events.

As for the 6 events chosen, they were Burr's trial, Weatherford's War, the Madison Mutiny, Dade's promise, Morse's code and Jesse's journey. These could have been interesting delving into events that were promised and their effects on history . But what happens is a jumpy historical rambling that goes back and forth and does not focus on the subject.
Two examples of what happens throughout the reading are: Dade's promise starts with the Seminole War then goes into Nat's Rebellion and the Indian removal. The facts and events jump back and forth instead of to a smooth conclusion. The last story which could have been an extremely appealing story of Jesse Freemont's journey to California across Panama, turns into a lesson on the history of California, the missionaries, John Sutter, then her father, Thomas Hart Benton, then back to Jesse's childhood, her husband, John Freemont and the War with Mexico and Freemont's military maneuvers in California. Poor Jesse and her journey, which was evidently looked on, by the nation with much interest is lost.

There are many political innuendos included which seem an unnecessary opinionated agenda tucked into this author's writing. No matter what your political philosophy is, it is somewhat disconcerting to have these asides about Bush and Obama being integrated to compare to past historical events. It just seemed an intrusion into the book.

The confusing style and jumpy narrative lose much of the track and aim of Davis' thought and the points he tries to make.
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26 of 35 people found the following review helpful By common reader on June 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Author tells informative, short, mostly readable, stories of an important period of history between the American Revolution and the westward expansion. However, he makes many unsubstantiated comparisons between the historical events and current conservative politics: 19th century anti-Catholicism burning of convents to current "Tea-baggers"; slavery, Indian wars and the Mexican war to the war in Iraq and the Bush administration "outing CIA operative" Valerie Plame. I understood Bush appointed Catholics to the Supreme Court, blacks to his cabinet and promoted immigration reform. The "teaparty" movement is too new to ascess its direction or significance although it has not yet been responsible for the burning of churches. I don't know where Joe Wilson or Valerie Plame fit into these stories. On either side of the political spectrum the historical perspective is completely lost. Incessant attempts to draw these tenuous analogies unfortunately makes the reader question the veracity of his history. Besides, it is just tiresome. It would be like reading a William Faulkner novel and in every chapter Faulkner saying "now let me tell you what you should really think about the modern South." Mr. Davis might try a political tell-all book or just try being a "talking-head" on the talk shows. Please leave the current political opinions out of objective history.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Metallurgist TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book discusses some of the more controversial aspects of US history that are generally left out of textbooks. The author also draws comparisons with current events - for instance, comparing the current anti-immigrant hostility with a similar, but more virulent anti-immigrant political parties of the first half of the 18th century. The stories that are told are, however, not particularly secret or hidden, they are just not covered in most school textbooks. This is not an academic history, i.e., one based on original scholarship. Rather the author draws primarily from relatively modern books, written for a general audience. The writing is lively and I found the book to be a quick read, from which I learned a few new things about the history of the period, however, I found that other books, mentioned below, do a more comprehensive job of explaining things.

What is in the book -
The book consists of six chapters covering:
1. The Aaron Burr trial for treason. I found this to be the least informative chapter in the book because I had just finished Jean Smith's biography of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall, who was the presiding judge of the trial. Smith goes into detail about why Marshall instructions to the jury forced an innocent verdict, whereas most of this information is missing from this book.
2. The wars against the Indians of the Southeast and their removal westward. I think that Robert Remini's biography of Andrew Jackson does a much better job of describing this period.
3. Slave rebellions - Several are discussed.
4. The wars against the Seminoles in Florida.
5. Anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant hostility and riots in the early 19th century US. This is covered very briefly in some books, but not in any great detail.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bee Weezy on October 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It goes into detail on some of America's lesser known and somewhat vilified founders. I enjoyed all of the insight in particular to Aaron Burr. Most of us only know him as a former VP and the guy who killed Hamilton....turns out there is much more to the story and you may get the feeling that the guy was somewhat persecuted. Good book but don't pay too much.
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