Philbrick brings the voyage of the Mayflower into focus,
with his knowledge of all things nautical he lets the reader experience what
crossing the ocean would have been like in the 1600’s. The pilgrims were deeply
religious people who banded together to form a community based on their beliefs
with a desire to live in solitude and isolation. Their experience is not gentle. North America was already occupied, the
intent of the pilgrims to convert the natives to Christianity and their sense
of superiority lead inevitably to conflict and violence.
"Vivid and remarkably fresh...Philbrick has recast the Pilgrims for the ages."--The New York Times Book Review
Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History
New York Times Book Review Top Ten books of the Year
With a new preface marking the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower.
How did America begin? That simple question launches the acclaimed author of In the Hurricane's Eye and Valiant Ambition 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 history of the Pilgrims, the story of Plymouth Colony was a fifty-five year epic that began in peril and ended in war. New England erupted into a bloody conflict that nearly wiped out the English colonists and natives alike. These events shaped the existing communites and the country that would grow from them.
About the Author
Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of In the Heart of the Sea, winner of the National Book Award; Mayflower, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Bunker Hill, winner of the New England Book Award; Sea of Glory; The Last Stand; Why Read Moby Dick?; Away Off Shore; Valiant Ambition, and most recently, In the Hurricane's Eye. He lives in Nantucket.
Startling [and] fascinating. (The New York Times)