Book Review of
How did America begin? That simple question launches the acclaimed author of In the Hurricane’s Eyeand 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.
For me, I remember the Mayflower from what elementary and middle school history taught me. I did not really think about learn more beyond what I was taught in school. But then when I realized one of my favorite authors, Nathaniel Philbrick, had written a book about the Pilgrims, I decided it might be a good thing to read.
I am very glad I did. I learned a lot about the people who were there, and how they probably felt. I also learned a lot of backstory and possible motives of people that is just not included in history class. So if your like me and have just been thinking what you were taught in history class is fine, you may want to rethink that and pick up Mayflower to get a different but similar view of the founding of our country.