Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
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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Review: Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and WarUser Review - Ryan - Goodreads
I have to say, the Pilgrims and the Puritans were kind of jerks. Read full review
Review: Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and WarUser Review - Margaret Sankey - Goodreads
None of this is surprising to anyone who read Lepore's work on King Philip's War, or primary documents, but this is a good, vivid popular corrective to sugary representations of Thanksgiving, giving ... Read full review
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