Mayflower - Nathaniel Philbrick


By Nathaniel Philbrick

  • Release Date: 2006-05-09
  • Genre: United States
Score: 4
From 129 Ratings

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"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.


  • Ansinghs AP class of death

    By ansinghhatesus5
    This book was actually like the most boring thing i’ve ever read -concerned 17 yr old
  • Good History

    By sparkster215
    Good read and a good account of the pilgrims. Not as good of a flow as "In the heart of the sea" but none the less still well written.....
  • Typos

    By eastsideprincipal
    While the quality of the writing is great, my e text is filled with typos. It is distracting and cheapens the experience of reading a good book!
  • Excellent

    By BroncoDonny
    Yes, I know the Mayflower landed in 1620 but after that, whatever I learned in in school has long sailed away at age 72. This book really puts names and faces on the Pilgrims and their hardships. The impact of the Plymouth settlement long term on the Native Americans of New England and the story of King Phillip (Indian) will definitely hold your attention. The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars was part of the book gets bogged down in political details which was slow reading at just before I shut off my iPad for me to go bed. If you know the geography of New England as I do, you will be surprised how many chapters mention sites using the names of current cities and towns.
  • Awesome book

    By Monte Zuma
    This is indeed a great book, but I don't understand the pricing either. The Kindle version (for iPhone and iPad) is only $9.99. The hardback now sells for $5.98 in many bargain bins. Really absurd to be 19.99 on iBooks. Also I hate that his books don't digitize the photos for inclusion in the ebooks (as with Last Stand).
  • Great Book, Bad Price

    By Blind Odyssey
    This book is absolutely fantastic. It is extremely informative and provides the reader with great detail as to what is was like for those who made the courageous journey to America on the Mayflower. The price, however, is absurd. Electronic texts have been around long enough for publishers to know better. The paperback version of this texts sells for a little over ten dollars. There is no reason why this publisher needs to charge 20 dollars for this eText. Welcome to the digital world, now please wake up!