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Love and Hate in Jamestown

Critical Acclaim

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"[An] impeccably researched and very able retelling... The intersection of the Jamestown story with the careers of Smith and Pocahontas makes a fascinating narrative, and Price has done it full justice." — The Independent (London)

"Although set on another continent, this compulsively readable book bears direct comparison with The Fatal Shore, Robert Hughes' renowned epic of convict transportation to Australia. Price's meticulous research and narrative control are examplary, placing us with the disparate group of survivalists who owed their life (those that did survive) to the resourceful, devious, and single-minded Smith." — Ink

"Price delivers an exquisitely crafted portrait of the beginnings of American ideology." — Good Book Guide

"Jamestown in Virginia ... determined not to founder and fail as had the Roanoke settlement of the 1580s. They made it, but only just; the first 40 years were a woeful chronicle of competent leaders demoted and incompetent promoted by shareholders back in England, of aristo sloth and inter-settler strife, besides the mutual treacheries and butcheries of Native American-colonial confrontations. Price is scrupulous about both sides, and his John Smith and Pocahontas portraits unromanticised. His wry asides are full of unrealised American futures: what if the subgroup shipwrecked in the Bermudas had stayed there, living high on the wild hogs, and not struggled on to support the few Virginians who had survived starvation?" — The Guardian (London)

"If you do only one thing this week ... discover the real story of John Smith and Pocahontas. Disney made a film about the legendary love affair between the English mercenary and the Native American princess and Peggy Lee immortalised them in 'Fever.' However, as readers of David Price's gripping Love and Hate in Jamestown find out in the first few pages, although she saved his life on two occasions, Smith and Pocahontas were never actually lovers." — Irish Independent

"Price brings these times to vivid life. There should be no conflict between popular history and historical accuracy and every detail of Love and Hate In Jamestown is carefully contextualised. It may be archetypally American to print the legend when legend and facts are in conflict. Here, though, the facts are much more interesting and alive." — Sunday Herald (Scotland)

"Price has a great flair for historical research and has told a riveting tale very well. The character of the resourceful Smith is his catalyst but the nuances of the brave and foolhardy on the edge of success or failure are also depicted with clarity." — Oxford Times

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