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Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World: A New History

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At the end of 1618, a blazing green star soared across the night sky over the northern hemisphere. From the Philippines to the Arctic, the comet became a sensation and a symbol, a warning of doom or a promise of salvation. Two years later, as the Pilgrims prepared to sail across the Atlantic on board the Mayflower, the atmosphere remained charged with fear and expectation. Men and women readied themselves for war, pestilence, or divine retribution. Against this background, and amid deep economic depression, the Pilgrims conceived their enterprise of exile.

Within a decade, despite crisis and catastrophe, they built a thriving settlement at New Plymouth, based on beaver fur, corn, and cattle. In doing so, they laid the foundations for Massachusetts, New England, and a new nation. Using a wealth of new evidence from landscape, archaeology, and hundreds of overlooked or neglected documents, Nick Bunker gives a vivid and strikingly original account of the Mayflower project and the first decade of the Plymouth Colony. From mercantile London and the rural England of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I to the mountains and rivers of Maine, he weaves a rich narrative that combines religion, politics, money, science, and the sea.

The Pilgrims were entrepreneurs as well as evangelicals, political radicals as well as Christian idealists. Making Haste from Babylon tells their story in unrivaled depth, from their roots in religious conflict and village strife at home to their final creation of a permanent foothold in America.

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"This superb book secures for the Pilgrims their iconic perch among the earliest founders of colonial America. Bunker, a British investment banker turned journalist, has succeeded in writing a major history, unprecedented in its sweep, of the Plymouth Colony, a history centered on the 1620s but not exclusive to that decade. If short on interpretation and on the drama inherent in the settlers' enterprise, it is long on facts. Bunker takes his history in two directions, downward into some never before used archives (which allows him to add detail and texture), and outward into the entire world context of the Pilgrim settlements. Never before has such a comprehensive and thoroughly researched study of the subject appeared. If sometimes fatiguing by the volume of detail (e.g., in a disquisition on one settlement, directions to the site include 'turn left at the Dunkin' Donuts'), it scoops up every relevant character and links all to the basic tale of indomitable courage, religious faith, commercial ambition, international rivalry, and domestic politics. The results are stunning. Certain to be the dominating work on the Pilgrims for decades. 20 illus., 4 maps." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Far from the storybook figures of American mythology, the Pilgrims were complex men and women, and Bunker tells their story in this meticulously researched, revelatory book.

About the Author

Nick Bunker has worked as an investment banker, principally with the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, as an investigative reporter for the Liverpool Echo, and as a writer for the Financial Times. He attended Kings College, Cambridge, and Columbia University. He now lives in the shadow of Lincoln Cathedral, not far from the villages where the leaders of the Plymouth Colony were born.

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attyjcahill, January 4, 2011 (view all comments by attyjcahill)
A whole rich new take on an misunderstood part of our nation's founding. Expands on Horwitz's book about early American explorers, and refines and corrects a lot of the mistakes and polemic in Lies My Teacher Told Me. Lots of work; well worth the effort.
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kmuch, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by kmuch)
Entertaining but serious history using many original sources to shed new light on a critical era for English/American culture. Sometimes journalists write better than professional historians--this is one such instance.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307266828
Subtitle:
The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World: A New History
Author:
Bunker, Nick
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
North American
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
Pilgrims (New Plymouth Colony)
Subject:
Massachusetts History New Plymouth, 1620-
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - New England
Subject:
North America
Subject:
US History-Colonial America
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Publication Date:
20100413
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 ILLUST and 4 MAPS IN TEXT
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9.80x6.60x1.75 in. 2.11 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This superb book secures for the Pilgrims their iconic perch among the earliest founders of colonial America. Bunker, a British investment banker turned journalist, has succeeded in writing a major history, unprecedented in its sweep, of the Plymouth Colony, a history centered on the 1620s but not exclusive to that decade. If short on interpretation and on the drama inherent in the settlers' enterprise, it is long on facts. Bunker takes his history in two directions, downward into some never before used archives (which allows him to add detail and texture), and outward into the entire world context of the Pilgrim settlements. Never before has such a comprehensive and thoroughly researched study of the subject appeared. If sometimes fatiguing by the volume of detail (e.g., in a disquisition on one settlement, directions to the site include 'turn left at the Dunkin' Donuts'), it scoops up every relevant character and links all to the basic tale of indomitable courage, religious faith, commercial ambition, international rivalry, and domestic politics. The results are stunning. Certain to be the dominating work on the Pilgrims for decades. 20 illus., 4 maps." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Far from the storybook figures of American mythology, the Pilgrims were complex men and women, and Bunker tells their story in this meticulously researched, revelatory book.
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