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on March 24, 2012 :
Chip Langston is my youngest brother.
I know he has put many years research into this book,
It is well written and an easy read.
I learned not only about my family history but many things about this countries history that has not been taught in schools. If this background of our early history was taught I feel, as a veteran, that more people would have a greater understanding of how we got to be a sovereign country and the sacrifices it took and would be more appreciative and
patriotic. I also think more people would be willing to make the sacrifice of serving there country to preserve it's sovereignty.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Feb. 24, 2012 :
Chip Langston takes the reader along with him as he discovers his Langston’s ancestors in America, and at the same time discovers something about himself. This self-confessed “Connecticut Yankee” has to come to grips with the fact that his confederate kin owned slaves and fought for the South in the Civil War. He discovers things about early Virginia and Bacon’s Rebellion that most of us never learned in history class, and that his ancestors were in the thick of it. After confronting his own feelings about race and bias, he embraces the fact that he is kin to Native American Indians and a very famous African American John Mercer Langston.
Written in a casual and easy to read style, I highly recommend Jamestown Odyssey.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on July 07, 2011 :
Interesting book in tracking down one's family tree. But even more compelling was the authors introspective review of his personnel feelings and outlooks as he made this voyage of discovery. Outstanding.
(reviewed the day of purchase)