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Overview A history of the Pilgrim settlement of New England discusses such topics as the diseases of European origin suffered by the Wampanoag tribe, the relationship between the Pilgrims and their Native American neighbors, and the impact of King Philip's War.
Publishers Description 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.
Citations And Professional Reviews Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
New York Times - 06/03/2007 page 56
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Studio: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.3" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2007
Publisher Penguin Group USA
ISBN 0143111973 ISBN13 9780143111979
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More About Nathaniel Philbrick
Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of In the Heart of the Sea, winner of the National Book Award; Mayflower, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Bunker Hill, winner of the New England Book Award; Sea of Glory; The Last Stand; Why Read Moby Dick?; and Away Off Shore. He lives in Nantucket. From the Hardcover edition.
Nathaniel Philbrick currently resides in Nantucket Island, in the state of Massachusetts.
Reviews - What do customers think about Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War?
Not the whole story Mar 14, 2007
Do not expect to read the whole story of Plymouth Colony here, but do expect to read a portion of the story which is told very well and has been neglected by many and distorted by some. This seems a balanced view, but not a broad view. I think of it as an essential component of an overall understanding of the Colony, but only one component.
Not your father's pilgrims... Mar 13, 2007
I wasn't sure what to expect from 'Mayflower'. It had been rated as one of the best books of the year by a number of book sellers, but sometimes reading an historical novel can be quite dry and boring- who knew it could be this interesting!
To begin with, I am certain so much of what is written in this book is unknown to most people. The story of the Pilgrims has become so commonplace and hackneyed that I don't think many of us even realize what the Pilgrims were really trying to accomplish by emigrating to North America. This book puts to rest any misconceptions, romantic notions or misperceptions about this group of people called the Pilgrims. It attests to the brutal nature of the world during that time and the sometimes horrible things a people must do to survive. The fact that any of the Pilgrims actually lived through their first few winters on this continent is truly amazing and speaks to their strong stock.
'Mayflower' begins by documenting the decisions faced by these people in England to start their lives over again in a totally different "world". Freedom of religion was their most overriding reason for wanting to begin anew. They needed a place to live and worship free from persecution. The horrific voyage and their landing on the North American shore are all laid out very vividly, and there are side stories and anecdotes about the people and their families, making it possible to have a real connection to the story. In writing about the Native American tribes in the area surrounding Plymouth Colony, it is obvious Nathaniel Philbrick has done his homework. He speaks in excruciating detail about these tribes, their leaders and particularly about their wartime strategies and nomadic ways. In addition, the relationship between the Pilgrims and the natives was so adversarial, it belies the tradition we know of the "Thanksgiving Meal". I also think most people do not realize that the Pilgrims abused their relationship with the natives and took advantage of them. It certainly shocked me, and I found myself thinking they were bloody thugs, not the cute little stovepipe hat/golden buckle wearing saints they are often depicted as. 'Mayflower' is not glamorous or enchanting, nor is it a homey and heartwarming story, it's a gritty, harrowing, bloody, real-world view of a group of people who had a hand in developing a country known as the United States of America.
Mayflower and Much Much More Mar 3, 2007
What a story! This is everything my history teachers didn't teach me. Philbrick tirelessly recounts the details (and big picture) of the journey of the Mayflower and what followed.
The remarkable story reveals so much courage, faith, villiany, weaknesses, loyalty, heroics and tragedy on the side of the English pilgrims and the Native Americans. The relationships between the English and the Native Americans were more complex that I had imagined. Philbrick follows those relationships from the landing of the Mayflower to the climax of "King Phillip's War."
The book highlights the leaders of Plymouth colony and the Indian Tribes. The person that astonished me as I read was Benjamin Church. His role in the colony's war with the Indians could stand alone as the subject of an interesting book. Philbrick also illustrates the conflicts among the Native Americans, some of which were loyal to the English and others loyal to Phillip. Philbrick confirms the Indians' role and importance in the survival of the pilgrims and in the victory of the colonists over the unfriendly Indians in the war that follows.
Philbrick recounts the events objectively without trying to persuade or with an agenda, except to share history. I appreciate his skill in telling the stories. Learning about the people this in-depthly was a treat and I recommend the book to anyone.
A must read! Mar 1, 2007
As a New Englander, I thought I knew the whole story of the Mayflower. As it turns out there is much more to the fantastic story of those first years on this land. Philbrick really brings to life some of the main individuals responsible for the coming together of the Pilgrims and Indians. Some of these same people are also responsible for the end of the realationship. If you're curious to find out more than what we were taught in school, please pick up this book. Names such as Massasoit, Church, Standish, King Philip, and Bradford to name a few will have new meaning to you. I've already moved on to another one of Philbrick's books, I enjoyed his writing so much. Trust me, you won't be dissapointed.
Inspiring yet very Sad Feb 26, 2007
Wonderful Story very inspiring form the Pilgrims side, however it is devastating to read what happen to the Native Americans over the years and how they were treated by the people they helped. must read