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 Bunker Hill 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  - klburnside - LibraryThing

I read this for my book club. While it is a well researched historical account of the settling of Plymouth colony and King Philips war, I really just wasn't interested in the topic at all. There were ... Read full review

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User Review  - danoomistmatiste - LibraryThing

This book dwells briefly upon the reasons behind the flight of the Puritans from England to Netherlands and then onto the shores of America. What is covered in detail is the devastation wrought upon ... Read full review

Contents

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
SIX In 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
Acknowledgments

EIGHT The Wall
NINE A Ruffling Course
TEN One Small Candle
Bibliography
Index
Tracks of the Speedwell and the Mayflower JulyNovember 1620

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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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