Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War – Nathaniel Philbrick

Philbrick gives a detailed account of those famous people in the funny hats whohelped found this nation. In fact, sometimes he’s annoyingly detailed, throwing out lists of names, some of who will be dead on the next page, but he writes well and capture the imagination. There was more to the events of the early 1600s than a turkey dinner (if they even ate turkey) with a group of Pilgrims and native Americans and Philbrick attempts to bring it alive, reading between the historical lines in order to flesh out the people who came to America’s shore and the people who were already here when they arrived. Painstakingly researched, the tale is a tragic one that begins with the establishing of a small colony and efforts for inclusion and understanding and ends, a few generations later, with both the colony and the efforts gone. No one is to blame, and everyone is. That, to me, is the most important concept to take from the accounts. Not all that talk about the Mayflower compact we all heard about and then promptly forgot in high school, but that people can work together, yet sometimes tragic results occur instead due to misunderstanding and mistrust.