After listening to the CD recording of Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick (New York: Viking, 2006. 461 pages), I have a much better appreciation of the famed Pilgrims, who first settled our Massachusetts region. I am also in awe about how much the author was able to discover from the available official records, letters, diaries, and early history and biography books. Everyone knows about Miles Standish (but only in a fragmentary way, as this book reveals), but very few know who Benjamin Church was and what an important role he played in Pilgrim history. The information that the author discovers and then shares in this book about the various Indian personalities and tribes is particularly eye-opening. The events leading up to the infamous King Philip’s War and during the war are discussed at length, with many, many instances of how the actions on both sides would reverberate in time and spread all across the country as the colonists settled the land from New England to California and Oregon. This book would be an excellent summer reading book for a teenager.
The book is available in regular print, Large Print and as a CD Audiobook
RATING: * * * * * One of the best
Reviewed by: EJW
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