Nathaniel Philbrick became an internationally renowned author with his National Book Awarda winning In the Heart of the Sea, hailed as aspellbindinga ...Show synopsisNathaniel Philbrick became an internationally renowned author with his National Book Awarda winning In the Heart of the Sea, hailed as aspellbindinga 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 Mayfloweras arduous Atlantic crossing to the eruption of King Philipas 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.Hide synopsis
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This was a great book! Philbrick did a phenomenal job in presenting the story of the Mayflower settlers. I learned things I did not know. I hadn't actually realized how difficult it had been for them to settle and survive, especially that first year. This is an absolutely riveting essay of those first hard years and obstacles those first pilgrims had to face. Definitely recommend this to anyone interested in the historical facts about those incredibly courageous first settlers.
History becomes drama and mystery both. I have never before had a time line in history that kept me wanting to find out what came next or an author whose clarity and style kept me so involved. Neither parties were innocent in the events that took place. Both parties were somewhat naive.The colonists were somewhat arrogant and the natives were naturally selfprotecting. Some were more honorable than others but all were portrayed in very human terms. The essence appeared to be that while all were aiming at survival neither could arrive at detente for very long. Considering the conditions at the time as opposed to what we take for granted today in the terms of communications and mobility I would consider the people involved to have been heroic in their accomplishments. Thanks to the author for my many hours of learning and pleasure.
Although Mayflower begins as the story of the Pilgrims and their journey, it also tells of the impact they had on the Native Americans of the area. Massasoit and his son King Philip had very different attitudes towards the settlers and how to deal with them. The story of the ensuing battle for control of New England was fascinating. The Pilgrims and their descendants were just as ruthless and violent as the various tribes living in the area. Nathaniel Philbrick did a lot of research and tells the story in an unbiased and truthful manner. Living in Rhode Island I have heard the stories of the pilgrims all my life, but this book tells them with honesty and facts rather than legend. I do and have recommend this book to friends and family.
Nathaniel Philbrick really did his homework to portray the Pilgrims life in Mayflower. Mayflower will give you a much different perspective than what you were told and read throughout your school years. Many surprises throughout the book. I am not a history buff, however, this book sparked that "need to know more" about our great nation and how it came to be. After reading the last page, my next stop was to the computer to plan a trip to New England. I recommend reading this book a week or two before Thanksgiving. You will appreciate your time with your family and Thanksgiving dinner that much more, guaranteed!
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