Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

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Penguin, May 9, 2006 - History - 480 pages
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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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This is a fascinating look at the Pilgrims of the Mayflower, and the subsequent generations who were involved in King Philip's War. Philbrick is superb and careful historian and writer of history ... Read full review

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I very much appreciated the complete lack of 3rd Thursday of November Thanksgiving drivel. This books tells the history of who the passengers of the Mayflower really were and the events that truly ... Read full review

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Contents

List of Maps
The Two Voyages
PART I
CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER TWO
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER FOUR
CHAPTER FIVE
CHAPTER ELEVEN
CHAPTER TWELVE
Part IV
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
EPILOGUE

CHAPTER SIX
CHAPTER SEVEN
Part II
CHAPTER EIGHT
CHAPTER NINE
Part III
CHAPTER TEN
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Picture Credits
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

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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