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Mayflower: A Voyage to War
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Nathaniel Philbrick, bestselling author of `In the Heart of the Sea', reveals the darker side of the Pilgrim fathers' settlement in the New World, which ultimately erupted in bloody battle some fifty years after they first landed on American soil. Behind the quaint and pious version of the Mayflower story usually taught in American primary schools is a tumultuous and largely untold tale of violence, subterfuge and epic drama. For amidst the friendships and co-operation that sprang up between the settlers and indigenous people, whose timely assistance on more than one occasion rescued the Pilgrims from otherwise certain death, a dark conflict was brewing. It erupted in King Philip's war, a terribly bloody conflict which decimated the English population and all but obliterated the Wampanoag. Following the Pilgrims from their perilous journey from England on a battered, leaky ship, through their first bitter North American winter (during which half of them died), to their equally bitter battle against the native Wampanoag tribe, Philbrick paints a vivid and panoramic picture of conflict and colonialism, co-operation and betrayal. In so doing he brings to life a cast of compelling, even heroic, characters, and sets the scene for the development of the American nation.
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/ Lead title / Includes PS Section Bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick reveals the darker side of the Pilgrim fathers' settlement in the New World, which ultimately erupted in bloody battle some 50 years after they first landed on American soil. / A remarkable and masterful account of a gruesome and notorious period in early American history. / Philbrick offers us an entirely new perspective on one of history's most famous events -- the Mayflower Voyage. / Nathaniel Philbrick's 'In the Heart of the Sea' won the National Book Award for Non-Fiction in 2000 and appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for forty weeks. / 'In the Heart of the Sea' has sold over 1.1 million copies worldwide and over 110,000 copies in the UK.

About the Author

Nathaniel Philbrick is a historian and broadcaster who has written extensively about sailing. He is Director of the Egan Institute of Maritime Studies on Nantucket Island, and a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association. He was a consultant on the movie `Moby Dick'. Aged 50, he has lived on Nantucket with his wife and two children since 1986.

Reviews

'Living history at its best. Engaging and enthralling.' The Times 'Philbrick spins a fascinating and richly complex tale. A champion sailor himself, he excels at seafaring scenes! "Mayflower" is an earnest, engaging and spirited work.' Sunday Telegraph 'Brilliantly constructed. This is more than a small, forgotten war in the first days of America's development. It is a case study in folly, fear and ignorance!enthralling.' Observer 'A sweeping narrative history.' Financial Times 'Philbrick eloquently tackles the contradictions of the settlers' behaviour!excellently researched!offers a sober corrective to the glorified version of an inglorious history.' New Statesman 'Philbrick's account brings the Plymouth Colony and its leaders, including William Bradford, Benjamin Church and the bellicose, dwarfish Miles Standish, vividly to life. More importantly, he brings into focus a gruesome period in early American history. For Philbrick, this is yet another award-worthy story of survival.' Publishers Weekly

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