I am NOT a history buff, but one page in I was hooked. Philbrick not only tells what the Pilgrims did (how they got there, how they survived) but what gave them the perspective to make the decisions they did. Reading this the Pilgrims, Natives and Londoners gained depth and personalities far over what I remember from history class.
I picked this up mainly as a reference book but enjoyed it as a story. Philbricks sense of irony is wonderful. The first two sections moved faster for me than the settlement and wars, but it was all well researched and written and easy to read.
Fascinating. Everything I thought I knew about the Pilgrims was totally wrong. A book that busts the whole "Thanksgiving, Plmouth Rock" mythology out of the water. A must read for anyone really serious about learning the true history of our founding fathers.
For History buffs, this is a GREAT book. Very easy to read, and so much more than just the story of the Mayflower - it is a story about the start of our country. A wonderfully written book
First off let me say this was a VERY GOOD book. This author is a favorite of mine. Very readable and clearly well researched.
HOWEVER: This book stands everything we commonly learned in third grade and now presume about the Pilgrims, Thanksgiving and the historically familiar cast of characters upside down.
So much for the lovable image of happy Pilgrims living alongside the natives of Cape Cod!
Quite different from what we were taught when I went to grade school in Massachusetts. One has to wonder about textbook authors.
I believe this is well researched and probably as accurate as it is possible to be. It's well written and explains a lot that our school history texts did not explain or glossed over. There may be other contemporary accounts that are good also but I feel privileged to have read this one and am happy that I did.