I have not learned much about the pilgrams prior to this book so many parts of the book were quite thought provoking. I had never known how close those individuals were to starving to death or being annihilated by the indians.
Nothing like a good read.....(or listen!).
This is a very readable account of the first pilgrim settlements in New England. Probably unknown number to most of European ancestry. Unfortunately the locals don't do so well. Brilliant reading.
The research and narrative as well as the reading were excellent. It was all the more interesting for me since I have 6 ancestors who arrived on the Mayflower.
Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.
Detailed and accurate recounting of the Pilgrims and their settlements in New England. As with all of Philbrick's books, don't try to listen at one setting.
Hmmm...just finished "The Mayflower" and am left wondering what might have been, had different decisions been made some 400 years ago. This is a thought-provoking read. Start it mid-November and you'll be the hit of conversation at your Thanksgiving dinner. I've always wondered about the real first Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims. I knew enough to be heartsick over the treatment of the Native Americans but also assumed them be an intelligent people, not easily tricked into giving everything away. Besides, how could peaceful, religious-freedom seeking, sweet Pilgrims turn into blood-thirsty Indian-fighters. It never quite added up. This book revealed so much about what actually happened, then took time in the Epilogue to explain the inception of our modern day myths of our Nation's origin. In short, the first generation of Europeans to arrive on the Mayflower managed to create a peaceful way of life with the Indians (if still not quite a Hallmark card Thanksgiving.) This was in spite of horrendous treatment of the Indians by the French in their recent past. It was the next generation of both the settlers and Indians who initiated mass bloodshed and intolerance one for the other. PS. Commercial slave trade in North America began with the export of Native Americans: sad truth.
This engrossing account of the pilgrims' and their evolving relationship with the Native Americans. I grew up in New England and have visited Plymouth many times, yet I had no inkling of the complexities that characterized the relationship between the two cultures. The focal point in the book is King Phillips War, which is barely mentioned in our history books. This book, expertly narrated will leave you questioning why we chose the myth of the Pilgrims over the reality of the tragic, yet illuminating events that actually occurred. This is one of those audio recordings I listened to in my driveway long after I should have gone into my house!
The Mayflower was just the start of this book. It goes on to explain the following decades and the ultimate conversion of the settlement into current Massachusetts. It goes in depth into parts of America's history which are not really discussed in history classes. The settler and Indian relationships were much more complex than I ever thought.
I thought this was going to be more of a social history, and it was a bit towards the beginning, but the second half was a blow by blow account of King Philip's War. It's a well written, good book if that is what you are looking for, but I found it dry and boring.
This book was worth the time.
I would recommend the book for the historical value that it offers.
Wampanoag, King Philip's father was a kind but cautious man who wanted only peace between his tribe and the puritans.
No, a break was needed to digest the information.
The story was realistic in terms of what both the puritans and Indians had to endure after the arrival of the Mayflower. However, I was a bit conflicted with the characterization of King Philip; a "coward" who demonstrated the ability to organize and lead so many in a desperate fight against the oppressor of his people. His actions appear to be that of a patient and tolerant man who reluctantly went to war as needed to save his people. Despite the many forces and odds aligned against him, he lead a fight that would kill over 5% of New England's population. How this leader could be characterized as a "coward that ran from battle" is remarkable.