A Land as God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America

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5.32 X 8.08 X 0.85 inches | 0.81 pounds

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About the Author

James Horn is the president of the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation. He is author and editor of eight books on colonial American history, including A Land as God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America and A Brave and Cunning Prince: The Great Chief Opechancanough and the War for America. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.


"A thorough and painstaking history of the Jamestown settlement.... Horn writes with clarity and precision, and in John Smith, he has a larger-than-life central figure... [Horn] has done a careful job of synthesizing his material. He's also strong on the details: his version of the 1609 famine...ignites the horror in the reader's mind."--Russell Shorto, New York Times Book Review
"A superb history...an exemplary account.... All in all, an absolutely terrific book."--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post
"[Horn] is eminently well qualified and writes with assurance about the actual events and the many myths that surround the first years of the Colonial experience.... A Land as God Made It should take a rightful place in the very short list of books that are must reading for anybody who wants to understand how it all began."--Richmond Times-Dispatch
"A rip-snortin' adventure, petty-and power-politics, blood-and-guts rivalries and more.... This work has the special merit of revealing a historical treasure--like a lost Gilbert Stewart found in the dusty attic of history, a subject whose importance becomes as obvious as our neglect of it seems silly and wrong."--Washington Times
"[Horn] presents the story of early Virginia almost as though it were the plot of a colorful novel.... Horn's astute history is a story of courage and cowardice, wisdom and stupidity, cross-cultural friendship and racist brutality, religious greatness and religious hypocrisy, and all the qualities that make America what it is today."--Virginian-Pilot
"This is a must read for true Virginians (and those who would aspire to that lofty station) and should be force-fed to the descendants of the codfish aristocracy who forget that we got here first."--Roanoke Times