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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 55-year epic that is at once tragic, heroic, exhilarating, and profound.
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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 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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    Jason Bountiful, UT, USA 07-02-06
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    "Enlightening detailed"

    The title is an understatement. The Mayflower, its passengers and the resulting colony makes up only about 40 percent of the book. The remainder goes over the next 50 plus years talking about King Phillip's War. It's read well for a historical narrative. I learned a great deal about the early history of the first colonies and how Indian/English relations broke down over time.

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    S. Perreten Old Saybrook, CT USA 06-23-06
    S. Perreten Old Saybrook, CT USA 06-23-06
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    "Reading disappoints"

    This is a fascinating book, read so badly it would be better to buy the print edition - which would have the advantage of maps.

    The reading is done with a persistent inflection that becomes tedious to the point of stupefying. Nautical terms are mispronounced, which is really irritating. For example: Lead-line is pronounced as 'leed'. Leeward is pronounced as lee-ward rather than lew-'ard.

    This is the first time a reading has spoiled an Audible book for me in almost 2 years. I really regret wasting money on it, though the book itself is superb.

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    Kim Monument, CO, USA 08-10-08
    Kim Monument, CO, USA 08-10-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Great Book and research"

    This was such a good book to listen to. The narrator was great. Since my family on both sides of my Mother's family came to America in the mid 1600 and my family on my Dad's side were from American Indian decent, this was really interesting. It really gives an appreciation for what people went through to form this country in the beginning. It wasn't perfect either then, but nothing is perfect until we get to heaven. It does though tell us that they didn't give up and they had much more strength than we do now. Too bad we are so complacent and whine too much about what we don't have instead of being thankful for what we do have.

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    Ted Lubbock, TX, United States 08-18-09
    Ted Lubbock, TX, United States 08-18-09
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    "Good history, the author's superior air detracts"

    The history is fascinating and the research is much appreciated. But the cynicism and the judgmental arrogance of the author get very tiresome long before the book ends.

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