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A Man Most Driven
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"A nuanced account of the English captain saved by Pocahontas reveals an astonishingly complicated personality. Former BBC producer Firstbrook finds in the roguish, quarrelsome, fearless adventurer Capt. John Smith a sterling example of the tenacious early-American character.... Exciting historical tales with romantic overtones." - Kirkus Reviews Everyone knows the story of Pocahontas, and how she saved John Smith. And were it not for Smith's leadership, the Jamestown colony would surely have failed. Yet Smith was a far more ambitious explorer and soldier of fortune than these tales suggest -- and a far more ambitious self-promoter, too, so reputed for his truculence that the pilgrims of the "Mayflower" snubbed him when he offered them his services, though he was the unrivaled expert on America. Now, in the first major biography of Smith in decades, award-winning BBC filmmaker and author Peter Firstbrook (The Obamas, Lost on Everest) traces the adventurer's astonishing exploits across three continents, testing Smith's own writings against the historical and geographical reality on the ground. With "A Man Most Driven," Firstbrook delivers a riveting, enlightening dissection of this mythology-making man and the invention of America.
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About the Author

Peter Firstbrook is author of The Voyage of the Matthew (about the explorer John Cabot), Lost on Everest (about George Mallory), and The Obamas: The Untold Story of an African Family. He worked for the BBC for twenty-five years as a television producer, director and executive producer, specializing in historical documentaries. He divides his time between London and the Isle of Wight.

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`Exceptionally well-crafted, engaging' * TLS * `A lively and vivid new exploration of an extraordinary life.' -- Matthew Parker, author of The Sugar Barons `A riveting account of the astonishing adventures of one of the true heroes of English and American history. This is a real page-turner and makes history truly come alive.' -- Robert Hutchinson, author of Elizabeth's Spymaster and The Spanish Armada `Peter Firstbrook's tenacious research for A Man Most Driven convinces me even more that Smith's life was just as incredibly swashbuckling as Smith himself so colorfully but truthfully described.' * William M. Kelso, Director of Research and Interpretation at the Jamestown Rediscovery Project *

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