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Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

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ISBN13: 9780143111979
ISBN10: 0143111973
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From the bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea — winner of the National Book Award — the startling story of the Plymouth Colony.

From the perilous ocean crossing to the shared bounty of the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim settlement of New England has become enshrined as our most sacred national myth. Yet, as bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick reveals in his spellbinding new book, the true story of the Pilgrims is much more than the well-known tale of piety and sacrifice; it is a fifty-five-year epic that is at once tragic, heroic, exhilarating, and profound.

The Mayflower's religious refugees arrived in Plymouth Harbor during a period of crisis for Native Americans as disease spread by European fishermen devastated their populations. Initially the two groups — the Wampanoags, under the charismatic and calculating chief Massasoit, and the Pilgrims, whose pugnacious military officer Miles Standish was barely five feet tall — maintained a fragile working relationship. But within decades, New England would erupt into King Philip's War, a savagely bloody conflict that nearly wiped out English colonists and natives alike and forever altered the face of the fledgling colonies and the country that would grow from them.

With towering figures like William Bradford and the distinctly American hero Benjamin Church at the center of his narrative, Philbrick has fashioned a fresh and compelling portrait of the dawn of American history — a history dominated right from the start by issues of race, violence, and religion.

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"Few periods in American history are as clouded in mythology and romantic fantasy as the Pilgrim settlement of New England. The Mayflower, Plymouth Rock, the first Thanksgiving, Miles Standish, John Alden and Priscilla ('Speak for yourself, John') Mullins — this is the stuff of legend, and we have thrilled to it for generations. Among many other things, it is what Nathaniel Philbrick calls 'a restorative... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"A judicious, fascinating work of revisionist history. Mayflower is a surprise-filled account of what are supposed to be some of the best-known events in this country's past but are instead an occasion for collective amnesia." Janet Maslin, New York Times

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"Readers who pick it up to learn more about the Mayflower and its passengers will find themselves pulled into a much bigger and ultimately more meaningful story." Boston Globe

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"Philbrick's tightly focused account of this critical time in the beginning of the United States confirms that its origins are tinged with blood, darkness, ignorance and betrayal with shafts of light here and there." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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"Philbrick triumphs in Mayflower because he combines it with empathy to challenge...myths about America's beginnings." Los Angeles Times

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"[A] part of American history almost unknown...one can go through 12 years of public school...without ever hearing of Massasoit, the Pokasset tribe or King Philip's War." Seattle Times

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"Philbrick delivers a masterly told story that will appeal to lay readers and history buffs alike." Library Journal

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"In Philbrick's graceful retelling of a story many think they already know, the virtues and vices of each culture are given their due....A remarkably sensitive account." Kirkus Reviews

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"A sterling synthesis of sources, Philbrick's epic seems poised to become a critical and commercial hit." Booklist

Synopsis:

Nathaniel Philbrick became an internationally renowned author with his National Book Award? winning In the Heart of the Sea, hailed as ?spellbinding? by Time magazine. In Mayflower, Philbrick casts his spell once again, giving us a fresh and extraordinarily vivid account of our most sacred national myth: the voyage of the Mayflower and the settlement of Plymouth Colony. From the Mayflower?s arduous Atlantic crossing to the eruption of King Philip?s War between colonists and natives decades later, Philbrick reveals in this electrifying history of the Pilgrims a fifty-five-year epic, at once tragic and heroic, that still resonates with us today.

About the Author

Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of the New York Times bestseller In the Heart of the Sea, which won the National Book Award, and Sea of Glory, winner of the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize.

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cynibunny, June 10, 2012 (view all comments by cynibunny)
This book is entertaining, sufficiently researched, and fairly exhaustive. The author focuses on the important people in the story, including King Philip and Benjamin Church - the latter not actually figuring in the typical white-guys-are-more-civilized story.

It suffers from the ingenuousness of someone with a journalism background: lack of depth, a certain lack of critical thinking, a willingness to accept people's accounts as genuine, a seeming lack of experience in life - such that there is no gradation between a group of people starving to survive, and that same group when comfortable and rich.

Nevertheless, it still does a good job at making this history come alive. It's not a mere exploitation of history for the sake of a good story.

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pahlcbikep, August 9, 2007 (view all comments by pahlcbikep)
A very human and humane history of the first 3 generations of Mayflower immigrants. Compelling, almost a page turning mystery; I finished it in 2 sittings; and Mr. Philbrick saved the best quotable sentence for last. . ." There are only two possible responses to a world suddenly gripped by terror and contention. . . .[the small shrubby way] get mad and get even. . .or, learn as much as possible from him. . .but first, treat him like a human being."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143111979
Author:
Philbrick, Nathaniel
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Pilgrims (New Plymouth Colony)
Subject:
Massachusetts History New Plymouth, 1620-
Subject:
US History-Colonial America
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations and maps throughout
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8 x 5.39 x 1.04 in 0.78 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 480 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143111979 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A judicious, fascinating work of revisionist history. Mayflower is a surprise-filled account of what are supposed to be some of the best-known events in this country's past but are instead an occasion for collective amnesia."
"Review" by , "Readers who pick it up to learn more about the Mayflower and its passengers will find themselves pulled into a much bigger and ultimately more meaningful story."
"Review" by , "Philbrick's tightly focused account of this critical time in the beginning of the United States confirms that its origins are tinged with blood, darkness, ignorance and betrayal with shafts of light here and there."
"Review" by , "Philbrick triumphs in Mayflower because he combines it with empathy to challenge...myths about America's beginnings."
"Review" by , "[A] part of American history almost unknown...one can go through 12 years of public school...without ever hearing of Massasoit, the Pokasset tribe or King Philip's War."
"Review" by , "Philbrick delivers a masterly told story that will appeal to lay readers and history buffs alike."
"Review" by , "In Philbrick's graceful retelling of a story many think they already know, the virtues and vices of each culture are given their due....A remarkably sensitive account."
"Review" by , "A sterling synthesis of sources, Philbrick's epic seems poised to become a critical and commercial hit."
"Synopsis" by ,
Nathaniel Philbrick became an internationally renowned author with his National Book Award? winning In the Heart of the Sea, hailed as ?spellbinding? by Time magazine. In Mayflower, Philbrick casts his spell once again, giving us a fresh and extraordinarily vivid account of our most sacred national myth: the voyage of the Mayflower and the settlement of Plymouth Colony. From the Mayflower?s arduous Atlantic crossing to the eruption of King Philip?s War between colonists and natives decades later, Philbrick reveals in this electrifying history of the Pilgrims a fifty-five-year epic, at once tragic and heroic, that still resonates with us today.

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