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Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Nathaniel Philbrick

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Title:Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
Authors:Nathaniel Philbrick
Info:Penguin Books (2007), Paperback, 480 pages
Collections:Reviewed, Read but unowned
Tags:ultimate reading list - history, 17th century, America, American, Massachusetts, American History, Colonial America, history, Indians, King Philip's War, Mayflower, Native Americans, New England, non-fiction, Pilgrims, Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, Puritans

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Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick (2006)


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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 too many details of wars and battles and not enough discussion of overarching themes. Sometimes I like a book more after discussing it, but I found the discussion boring as well. Maybe because half of the group didn't finish the book and the rest of us skimmed much of it. ( )
  klburnside | Aug 11, 2015 |
some parts very good. others so boring. ( )
  mahallett | Jul 6, 2014 |
Two words: absolutely fascinating. Forget everything you learned in the history books of elementary school. Forget about the Pilgrims and the Indians sitting down together at that long table and feasting off of nature's bounty. Forget about those Indians who took pity on and helped the Pilgrims through their first harsh winter. Nathaniel Philbrick tells us the story as it was, often violent and harsh in its telling. This book grabs you from the beginning and holds on until it comes to an end after King Philip's War. Any student of history should get a hold of this book and keep it among the treasured books in their collecion. ( )
  briandrewz | Jun 28, 2014 |
Overall a very good book, a compelling narrative, a window into a period of American history that is more remembered through what one learned in elementary school than the nuance that came later. Maybe not quite as good as the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex and flagging at times in the endless recounting of the battles in King Philip's war and occasionally overly romanticized (especially when uncritically relating the story from Benjamin Church's perspective), but overall highly recommended as a history of the period. The book begins with the puritans in England and the Netherlands, travels with them across the sea to Plymouth, describes the first decades of the colony and its neighbors, and culminates in King Philip's War. A brief epilogue traces the story through to the present day with the continued reverberations of that 1675 struggle. ( )
  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
Good historical account of the pilgrims and how our nation started with the first Indian wars. ( )
  hredwards | May 11, 2014 |
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We all want to know how it was in the beginning. - Preface
For sixty-five days, the Mayflower had blundered her way through storms and headwinds, her bottom a shaggy pelt of seaweed and barnacles, her leaky decks spewing salt water onto her passengers' devoted heads. - Chapter 1
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L'histoire américaine , qui narre cette aventure comme une conquête âpre et glorieuse , a été en partie transfigurée par la légende . Le destin de la colonie de la Nouvelle-Angleterre prendra alors une autre tournure , plus complexe , troublante , foisonante .
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Nathaniel Philbrick became an internationally renowned author with his National Book Award? winning In the Heart of the Sea, hailed as ?spellbinding? by Time magazine. In Mayflower, Philbrick casts his spell once again, giving us a fresh and extraordinarily vivid account of our most sacred national myth: the voyage of the Mayflower and the settlement of Plymouth Colony. From the Mayflower?s arduous Atlantic crossing to the eruption of King Philip?s War between colonists and natives decades later, Philbrick reveals in this electrifying history of the Pilgrims a fifty-five-year epic, at once tragic and heroic, that still resonates with us today.

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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 author Philbrick reveals, the true story of the Pilgrims is much more than the well-known tale of piety and sacrifice; it is a 55-year epic. 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 maintained a fragile working relationship. But within decades, New England erupted into King Philip's War, a savage conflict that nearly wiped out colonists and natives alike, and forever altered the face of the fledgling colonies and the country that would grow from them. Philbrick has fashioned a fresh portrait of the dawn of American history--dominated right from the start by issues of race, violence, and religion.--From publisher description.… (more)

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