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Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War | [Nathaniel Philbrick]

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 best-selling 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling 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 55-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.

©2006 Nathaniel Philbrick; (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Recorded Books, LLC. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Impeccably researched and expertly rendered, Philbrick's account brings the Plymouth Colony and its leaders...vividly to life. More importantly, he brings into focus a gruesome period in early American history." (Publishers Weekly)

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    "Enjoyable Listening"

    This is a very well narrated and written audiobook. Full of historical points, yet still a flowing story of events and the daily lifes of the pilgrims.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Northbrook, IL, USA 05-20-06
    Nancy Northbrook, IL, USA 05-20-06
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    "Fascinating"

    For the most part this was indeed a fascinating book. The narrator did an excellent job. I did get a little confused with all of the Indian names. This is a book that might have been a better read. But the story of the beginnings of our nation gave me pause to thank those who, for whatever reason, were brave enough to come to a new world.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Keith 10-23-14
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    "The First Half was Really Good"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'd remove the second half.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nathaniel Philbrick? Why or why not?

    Yes... he's very detail oriented. It was really cool to hear about how and why the Pilgrims got here in the first place. The bummer is that the Indian wars described in the second half of the book are very difficult to follow in audio.


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Edward Hermann is the best audio voice I've ever heard. If I could afford it I'd buy everything he's narrated, whether I like it or not.


    Did Mayflower inspire you to do anything?

    To learn more about how the Pilgrims survived once they were onshore. This part seemed glossed over. Where'd they get food and water? How did they build their houses? What were their schools like?


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    Trevor 10-31-11
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    "It kept me hooked"

    I would prolong my walks to finish more of this fine book. Engaging. Well-researched. I would love liked to hear more of prior European explorations of North American leading up to Plymouth, such as Jamestown, but I guess you can only cover so much ground. I would have alos likd to hear more from the English and the Indians in their own words and from first-person documents.

    Narration was good, it didn't seem to lag and I stayed interested throughout.

    I listen to many audiobooks and would report a dud. This was one of the better ones by far.

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