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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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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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
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
EIGHT The Wall
NINE A Ruffling Course
TEN One Small Candle
Tracks of the Speedwell and the Mayflower JulyNovember 1620