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“We gather together” ...the real Mayflower
Nathaniel Philbrick's Mayflower: a story of courage, community, and war brings to life the many interesting and often temperamental personalities who were an essential part of America's beginning. Miles Standish, the testy military officer of the Pilgrims and the wily Wampanoag leader Massasoit forged a sometimes tenuous working relationship that would contribute to the survival of both of their peoples through the difficult times ahead. Philbrick vividly tells of the combination of optimism and despair the Pilgrims felt after two deadly months at sea as they first gazed upon the starkly beautiful New England coast. His comprehensive and thoughtful portrayal of the sophistication of the Native American cultures first encountered by the Pilgrims provides the reader with an understanding of our history that has too often been overlooked in our history books. Mayflower was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in history.
Mayflower: a story of courage, community, and war