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Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
NATHANIEL PHILBRICK

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick
621 reviews (2006) (480p)
Pulitzer Prize for History Finalist
New York TimesĀ® Best Nonfiction Books
ALA Notable Books - Nonfiction Finalist

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Book Description
From the bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea—winner of the National Book Award—the startling story of the Plymouth Colony

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 bestselling 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 fifty-five-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.


Other Award Winning Books by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick
175 reviews (2010) (496p) (ALA Non)
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Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery: The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842 by Nathaniel Philbrick
73 reviews (2004) (416p) (ALA Non)
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In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
973 reviews (2000) (320p) (NBA Non) (TIME Non) (Amazon Dec CHis) (Amazon 00 C50)
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Nathaniel Philbrick Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 5  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 4  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 0  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 1 Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 0  
National Book Award Wins 1 In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex ·  
National Book Award Nominations 1 In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex ·  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 0  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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