Captain John Smith is best remembered for his association with Pocahontas. However this was only one small part in a life that was filled with extraordinary adventures. As a soldier he fought the Turks in Eastern Europe, winning a coat of arms. For his armorial bearings, he chose the motto, 'Vincere est Vivere' - 'To Conquer is to Live'. He was one of the original founders of the English settlement at Jamestown, where he faced not only considerable danger at the hands of the local Indians, but also from within the faction-ridden settlement itself.
John Smith was a remarkable man in the great tradition of Elizabethan adventurers, brave, resourceful, intelligent and outspoken, with a vision of what America could become. This books reads like an adventure story, of battles, disasters, triumphs and of a refusal ever to give in.
R.E. Pritchard is a writer and historian living in Oxford. A former university lecturer at Keele University, his area of expertise is 16th & 17th Century literature. His biography of The English Marco Polo, Peter Mundy: Merchant Explorer, will by published by Haus.