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Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Heart of a New Nation

Recorded on July 28, 2004

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Van Andel Center

One of the great survival stories of American history is the opening of the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Drawing on period letters and chronicles, and on the papers of the Virginia Company - which financed the settlement of Jamestown - David Price tells a tale of cowardice and courage, stupidity and brilliance, tragedy and costly triumph. He takes us into the day-to-day existence of the English men and women whose charge was to find gold and a route to the Orient, and who found, instead, hardship and wretched misery.

Price unravels the crucial role of Pocahontas, a young woman whose reality has been obscured by centuries of legend and misinformation. 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.

Price's book is beautifully written and an authentic page-turner . . . . Almost all that we are, both for good and for ill, can be traced one way or another to Jamestown Island. - Lee Casey, National Review Online

DAVID A. PRICE was formerly a reporter in the Washington, D.C. bureau of Investor's Business Daily. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, Forbes, and Business 2.0. He holds degrees from Harvard Law School, Cambridge University, and the College of William and Mary.