Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

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Penguin, May 9, 2006 - History - 480 pages
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"Vivid and remarkably fresh...Philbrick has recast the Pilgrims for the ages."--The New York Times Book Review

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History
New York Times Book Review Top Ten books of the Year

How did America begin? That simple question launches the acclaimed author of In the Hurricane's Eye and Valiant Ambition on an extraordinary journey to understand the truth behind our most sacred national myth: the voyage of the Mayflower and the settlement of Plymouth Colony. As Philbrick reveals in this electrifying history of the Pilgrims, the story of Plymouth Colony was a fifty-five year epic that began in peril and ended in war. New England erupted into a bloody conflict that nearly wiped out the English colonists and natives alike. These events shaped the existing communites and the country that would grow from them.

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User Review  - glade1 - LibraryThing

This is way more than just the story of the Mayflower. Using that incident as the initiation and focus for the next 50-75 years of history, Philbrick discusses not only the founding of the colony at ... Read full review

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I’m continuing on my quest to read more about world history this year, since I enjoyed India After Gandhi and A World At Arms so much last year. I bought a couple of books about American history ... Read full review

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List of Maps
ONE They Knew They Were Pilgrims
TWO Dangerous Shoals and Roaring Breakers
THREE Into the Void
FOUR Beaten with Their Own
FIVE The Heart of Winter
SIXIn a Dark and Dismal Swamp
SEVEN Thanksgiving
ELEVEN The Ancient Mother
TWELVE The Trial
THIRTEEN Kindling the Flame
FOURTEEN The God of Armies
FIFTEEN In a Strange
SIXTEEN The Better Side of the Hedge
EPILOGUE Conscience

EIGHT The Wall
NINE A Ruffling Course
TEN One Small Candle

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About the author (2006)

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 GloryThe Last StandWhy Read Moby Dick?Away Off Shore; and most recently, Valiant Ambition. He lives in Nantucket.

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