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The Mayflower & the Pilgrims' New World

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Mayflower, The: And the Pilgrims' New World, by Philbrick, Nathaniel
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 4th 2008 by Putnam Juvenile (first published 2006)
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Nov 04, 2012 Emma rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who like history
Recommended to Emma by: Teacher (read it for school)
This book was good although it sometimes got off topic. The first two sections were great! They were all about the Pilgrims planning to go to the New World and arriving there. They were also about there relationship with Massasoit and his Indians. The book got very tedious near the end when the focus turned to King Phillips' War. The hole last part of the book was all about battles of the war and they blended together and I got really confused and bored. I don't think the title should be called ...more
Sep 11, 2011 David rated it liked it
In Mayflower, Philbrick tells much more than the story of our beloved Pilgrims trip across the Atlantic. In many ways, it is three stories about the Puritans and other Pilgrims: one for their European experiences, another for the first five years as they establish Plymouth and third, a vivid account of the King Phillip war some 50 years later. As always, Philbrick is meticulous in his research and he tells the story with precision and with so many details that it sometimes reads as historical ...more
Christopher Obert
Jul 15, 2009 Christopher Obert rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2009
The Mayflower and the Pilgrims’ New World is a very well written book that I enjoyed immensely. Much of the information contained in this book I did not know and I found it exciting as well as informative. Being a born New Englander with immigrant as well as Native American blood, I am a little ashamed that I did not already know the true story of the Pilgrims and their adventures. This book is not a book that paints a flowery picture of colonial life but a harsh and sometime tragic tale. I am ...more
Nov 19, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Full disclosure: I read parts one and two. I skimmed through part three, which was detailed accounts of the war fifty years after the pilgrim's arrival.
I wanted to read this book because I have kind of had a bad attitude about Thanksgiving. We are told the lovely story of the pilgrims and Indians eating together in perfect harmony. But we also know that the settlers basically wiped out the Native Americans. So, I felt weird celebrating an event that I imagined was mostly fabricated to make us f
Nov 19, 2016 Tisha rated it liked it
This was an interesting look at the history of the pilgrims that came to Plymouth.
Oct 04, 2016 Bjipson rated it liked it
While I liked this book, I did not love this book. To my mind, Philbrick gave me too much information about various English/Indian battles; once he got the Pilgrims here, about page 40, then the rest of the book talks about English/Indian relationships in the 17th century. A large part of the book is actually King Philip's War, so if I were to have a kiddo wanted information on that, this book would be perfect. The maps that are included helped a lot, and I liked being able to picture Plymouth, ...more
Trey Sullivan
Jan 23, 2014 Trey Sullivan rated it really liked it
The book “The Mayflower”, by Nathaniel Philbrick, is a vigorous story that is all about hope, war, and freedom. In this book the Pilgrims leave their home town to voyage for more rights and freedom, such as freedom of religion. Philbrick is a wonderful writer and I suggest this book to anyone who is interested in the struggles of the Pilgrims and religion especially. The three main points that I recognized and would like to portray to you are their commitment to their religion, their family ...more
Dec 03, 2011 Roger rated it it was amazing
Through dedicated and thorough research Nathaniel Philbrick lifts the dark curtain that has allowed the fanciful mythology long dominating American's beliefs about the Christian Pilgrims and benevolent Native Americans who befriended them.

Philbrick documents an important gap that exists in our popular history between the brief period of cooperation among the colonist of Plymouth and the newly decimated population of Native Americans they encountered until the American Revolution.

It is the non-
May 28, 2009 Keri-Lynn rated it it was amazing
This historical non-fiction book perfectly straddles the line between destroying myths and validating historical events that have grown larger than life. Drawn from actual sources of the time and careful to acknowledge those sources (and times when they could not support events) Philbrick builds fact on fact to create a true picture of events in early New England. So often we hear the story of the first Thanksgiving but little of what followed. I've always been curious about an ancestor who was ...more
Roger Miller
Jun 21, 2015 Roger Miller rated it liked it
A factual account of the people I have descended from. I thought on interpretation Philbrick was non biased. He said something very interesting in the epilogue; "That once the Mayflower landed at Plymouth, the indians and pilgrims needed each other for survival." By abandoning this relationship and refusing to compromise, and forgiveness they doomed themselves.

As a Christian what I found informative was how they were unable to take the log out of their own eye in dealing with others.
Seeking free
Apr 07, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing
was very good reading from the preperations in england,thru the voyage,the logs,and the pilgrams struggle for their landing,settlement,thru first thanksgiving,right thru to king phillips tells truths we weren't taught in school about the purtians,their treaty with the indians,forming their colonial army from mass,conn.and maine.invading rhode island a nuetral state.the purtians breaking treaty with metacoma(king phillips)the execusion of my great uncle joshua tefft for treason,exonerated ...more
Dec 04, 2009 Emily rated it liked it
I had every intention to finish this book--I actually did like it. But I just ran out of time before I had to take it back to the library. I thought it was well written, and I found it to be really interesting. I honestly didn't know very much about the pilgrims besides what I learned in school--which sadlly, wasn't much. Mostly I knew that they left England to come to the New World for religious freedom, made friends with the Indians, and celebrated the first Thanksgiving. There was so much ...more
Mr. Holt
Mar 26, 2016 Mr. Holt rated it it was ok
The Mayflower & the Pilgrims' New World was a challenging book to get through as it was so filled with facts and information. I'm not a fan of nonfiction texts and perhaps that was why this book was so difficult to finish. I was hoping it would be as engaging a story as "In the Heart of the Sea," but I was sadly mistaken. While it told the interesting story of the beginnings of our country, it didn't keep my attention. This book might be good to use in place of a textbook for a class studyin ...more
Marcia First
Dec 15, 2009 Marcia First rated it really liked it
Genre: Nonfiction/Informational

This history of Plymouth Colony has been adapted for young people from the author's bestselling adult version. The book tells the story of how the Pilgrim's survived their first year in Massachusetts with the help of Native Americans, and how they developed alliances with different tribes that helped their colony to prosper. Written like a novel, but based on the letters and diaries of the colonists, the book shows the trials and hardships endured by these determi
Mrs. Riding
Feb 11, 2014 Mrs. Riding rated it liked it
As far as books for young people go, I don't think this will be much of a hit. I liked the subject matter, but found I got lost in all of the battles from here to there. I do think it's important for us to know the true history and impact of the settlers on New England, not just the myths. Yet, I'm not sure that I know any junior high students willing to read that much information. I did enjoy the historical information about the people. I remember visiting the Plimouth Plantation and seeing ...more
Joseph Gendron
Nov 30, 2010 Joseph Gendron rated it really liked it
A well told lesson in American history that I was ignorant of. It begins with the story of the Mayflower voyage and landing in 1620 and follows the relationships with the many different Native American tribes. By the time of the landing, fishing by Europeans off the coast of Maine was occuring and European diseases had already decimated native populations. The ensuing politics between the natives and the English culminated in 1670, after 50 years of relative peace, with King Phillips War, named ...more
Sam Motes
Jun 04, 2016 Sam Motes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing read by Philbrick who is a master at pulling the reader into the intricacies of the story you thought you knew to learn so much more. It builds the story of the Mayflower's treacherous journey that leads to the first thanksgiving but then continues the story. In the pending less told story the manifest destiny ambitions of the settlers runs head long into the existential strivings of the native people that culminates in the sad tale of the voyage of the Sunflower that shadows the ...more
Sharon McDonald
Jul 26, 2013 Sharon McDonald rated it liked it
This was a rather dry read but I am so glad I read it. History has always fascinated me and it was nice to learn about the real lives of these people that left a land that they knew and loved to get travel to a place totally unknown to them in order to get the religious freedom they were seeking. The stories you hear about how these people lived and prospered does not even come close to the real struggles they dealt with on a daily basis; disease, starvation, freezing temperatures, etc... You ...more
Jul 07, 2013 Mimi rated it it was ok
This is the version of "Mayflower" edited for a younger audience. The original received much critical acclaim, and I wondered if I could use this one for homeschooling Adelaide. (Two years later I have finally finished the book, a year after I was no longer homeschooling.) The history is important, and interesting. People who have Mayflower ancestors may find interesting nuggets of information. But, read the original. This book is too complicated and dry for tweens, so I suspect the author ...more
Jan 01, 2016 Kirsten rated it liked it
I was most interested in the fist half of the book, about the Mayflower voyage and the years of early settlement. I stopped reading when I got to the Indian wars. There is a surprising dearth of representation of the female experience here - he writes that the difference between the Pilgrims and earlier traders in the region was that the Pilgrims brought their women and children, but we never learn anything else about any of them (except to occasionally mention a name when they get married).
Pamela Palmer
Jun 18, 2015 Pamela Palmer rated it liked it
I thought this easily could have been two books. It seemed a little tedious at times. I felt the author was definitely ant-pilgrims. The book did however, make me ask a lot of questions and I want to try and read the story about the abduction of the Puritan woman that was one of the first famous american novels! Still very sad to me how the native Americans were manipulated and treated by supposedly religious groups!
Amariah Dixon
Oct 13, 2015 Amariah Dixon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the first non-fiction books I've ever read and it drew me in immediately. I have always been more of a fantasy/historical fiction/mystery-type person, but when I read this, it got me into reading more non-fiction. The narrative is engaging, compelling, and great for any older child. It doesn't feel like reading homework. The characters even seemed real to me. I got mad sometimes, sad, and happy.
Highly recommended!
Sue Davidson
Dec 02, 2013 Sue Davidson rated it liked it
This book enlightened me about the early history of the Pilgrim settlers and the next decades in the New World. It's a sad, sad tale of abuse and inhumanity from settlers to Native Americans and vice versa. I continue to be astounded at the cruelty people can inflict on one another. I listened to this book on tape. Would give it a 3.5/5. Well written, slightly tedious in places, but informative and thought-provoking.
Nov 18, 2012 Pat rated it liked it
"The Pilgrims had been driven by deeply held spiritual beliefs. They had sailed across a vast and dangerous ocean to a wilderness where, against impossible odds, they had made a home." But the second generation had different goals: economic rewards and land. Philbrick illustrates how high ideals can become perverted by those who are aimed at worldly accomplishments. And this applies to the Native Americans as well.
Dec 31, 2014 Jackie rated it liked it
I confess that I speed-read about 2/3 of the almost 100 pages concerning King Phillips War. It was more detailed than I cared for. I learned a lot reading this book, and it caused me to think a lot I found many parallels between human behavior then and now, as well as political and religious attitudes then and now. Certainly there is nothing new under the sun. I will say I am glad my mother never successfully proved our Mayflower ancestry.
Nov 18, 2014 Shirley rated it really liked it
Fascinating story of the Puritans and Pilgrims and their relationship with Native Americans. Turned our history lessons of childhood on their ear.

Tough to get into, but about 75 pages in, it was impossible to put down.

Philbrick does a magnificent job of connecting the rest of the early history of our country to many of the actions of the Puritans. A well researched, superbly written historical account of the strengths and foibles of our first settlers.
Oct 10, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find Nathaniel Philbrick very easy to read and this book is no exception. It is a well written, easy to follow account of the Pilgrims, how they came to settle at Plymouth, and the successes and failures of their first few years, especially concerning the native peoples of the area. I appreciation that it was neither apologetic nor sympathetic, and it gave me a more realistic regard for both the Pilgrims and the Natives.
Steve Davis
Dec 09, 2010 Steve Davis rated it it was amazing
If you live in the Boston area - especially the south Boston to Newport, RI area - and have an interest in Indian - European relationships during the early start of our nation this is a must read. Most of the book concerns the events after the Pilgrims arrived. I finished the book with the idea that the Pilgrims (including several famous early "heroes") would be considered terrorists on a par with the radical muslims of today's reality.
Dec 14, 2015 Christi rated it it was ok
The topic was interesting and it was fascinating to learn how different the actual story of the pilgrims is from what we hear in school. That said, the writing was dull. I am almost ready to give him a break because it's non-fiction, but then I remember that fiction doesn't have to be dull. In the end, I'd like to learn more about the pilgrims, but am not interested in reading more by Philbrick.
Delway Burton
Feb 07, 2011 Delway Burton rated it really liked it
Excellent as are Philbrick's other popular histories. This one, due to time, is more remote, but does draw a riveting picture of the brave new world and who and why they came here. People, both European and Native American, died like flies. I found the most interesting section to be the latter portion which dealt with King Phillip's War, a conflict of which I was only vaguely aware, and which almost depopulated early New England.
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Philbrick was Brown’s first Intercollegiate All-American sailor in 1978; that year he won the Sunfish North Americans in Barrington, RI; today he and his wife Melissa sail their Beetle Cat Clio and their Tiffany Jane 34 Marie-J in the waters surrounding Nantucket Island.

After grad school, Philbrick worked for four years at Sailing World magazine; was a freelancer for a number of years, during whic
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