Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

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Penguin, May 9, 2006 - History - 480 pages
"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

With a new preface marking the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower.

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  - Biggaz - LibraryThing

A vivid account of the Pilgrims plight at settlement and the First Nations encounter with the newcomers. A splendid account of the early history of America especially for those unfamiliar with America's beginnings. Read full review

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User Review  - joannajuki - LibraryThing

Fascinating history as I research my early American ancestry. Gruesome, frightening, sad - reflects the best and worst of human nature and brings this time of exploration alive. I am convinced now ... Read full review

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Praise for Mayflower
The Two Voyages
They Knew They Were Pilgrims
Beaten with Their Own
The Heart of Winter
The Wall
One Small Candle
Afterword and Acknowledgments

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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; Valiant Ambition, and most recently, In the Hurricane's Eye. He lives in Nantucket.

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