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

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This simple question launches acclaimed author Nathaniel Philbrick on an extraordinary journey to understand the truth behind our most sacred national myth: the voyage of the Mayflower and the settlement of Plymouth Colony. As Philbrick reveals in this electrifying new book, the story of the Pilgrims does not end with the First Thanksgiving; instead, it is a fifty-five-year epic that is at once tragic and heroic, and still carries meaning for us today.

Title : Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
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ISBN : 0670037605
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 461 pages


Candi rated it ★★★☆☆

November 13, 2016

I have to admit, I am one of those naïve Americans that has walked around in a bit of a fantasy land when it comes to the history of Plymouth and the Pilgrims. From grade school, I knew they desired freedom to worship their religion without persecution. In order to do so, they faced a difficult j...

Chelsea rated it ★★★★☆

August 30, 2008

Spoiler Alert: The Mayflower lands in Plymouth! Rocks fall, all the Native Americans die. (One of the most interesting things about Mayflower is how little of it actually dealt with the ship itself. The Pilgrims are settled (well, “settled”), and the Mayflower headed back to England to fall into d...

Marita rated it ★★★★☆

January 19, 2018

Multiple award winning author Nathaniel Philbrick* has written a thrilling account of the 102 pilgrims (and two dogs!) who sailed to the New World on board The Mayflower in 1620. The author focuses primarily on two of the pilgrims: “I have focused on two people, one familiar, the other less so: P...

Michael rated it ★★★★★

August 11, 2012

I was enthralled with this popular history of the first 60 years of Plymouth Colony starting with the Mayflower landing in 1620. With a focus on the actions and decisions of a limited set of key individuals, Philbrick’s account brings to life the initial desperate events of the colony (half of th...

Diane rated it ★★★★☆

May 20, 2017

Pilgrims! Indians! War! This is an in-depth look at the first years of the colonists in New England, and also the terrible war with the Indians that the next generation faced. Philbrick's book is called Mayflower, but only the first section of it focuses on the sea voyage and the Mayflower Compact...

Matt rated it ★★★☆☆

April 26, 2016

When it comes to American history, we have a tendency towards reduction. We cherish the myth over the reality; the bombastic over the subtle; the simple over the complex. In modern media terms, we prefer the soundbite to the whole speech. On the Fourth of July, for example, we aren't thinking abo...

Mahlon rated it ★★★★★

December 16, 2008

Nathaniel Philbrick's book "Mayflower" appears at first glance to be merely a recounting of the Pilgrims journey to the New World and their miraculous survival that first winter culminating in the first Thanksgiving, that's all here, but takes up only about 80 pages of the 450+ page book. In real...

Doug rated it ★★★★★

September 08, 2012

This was an experience similar to David McCullough's John Adams biography for me. It opened my eyes to a world I only had vague images about. And, I come away a little bit bitter and bothered by many different aspects of human behavior, the big one: man's intolerance of other people and their cul...

Jason rated it ★★★★☆

April 02, 2012

A must-read if you're from New England or interested in early colonial era history. Philbrick's Mayflower is written to capture your interest in a way you might not expect a book on the Pil--*YAWN!*--grims could. You'll find much more detail with way more truth in this book than anything you lear...

Jim rated it ★★★☆☆

November 23, 2017

"Instead of the story we already know, it becomes the story we need to know." This story had very little to do with the voyage of the Mayflower or even the Mayflower Compact but is indeed an in depth "Story of Courage, Community, and War". Growing up I had learned the popular version of the story...

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