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One of America’s most acclaimed historians takes on the nation’s First Thanksgiving, telling us the true story behind the tale we think we know so well. In this selection from the New York Times bestseller Mayflower Nathaniel Philbrick recounts in riveting detail the truth about relations between Plymouth Colony and the British crown and between the colonists and Native ...more
ebook, Excerpt from Mayflower, 50 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Rebecca Foster
Happy Thanksgiving! (Even though it’s just an ordinary Thursday here in the U.K.) This is a short (59-page), enlightening account of the Pilgrims’ settlement at Plymouth Rock and the uncertain days leading up to the first Thanksgiving. It’s always good to be reminded of the layers of complexity behind a simple story. Squanto, especially, was a more mysterious character than legend makes out. Philbrick writes gripping historical narratives, in clear and conversational prose. However, this is an e ...more
Trish
Nov 17, 2013 Trish rated it really liked it
The historian Nathaniel Philbrick won the National Book Award in the year 2000 for his book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, and years later he won the 2007 Massachusetts Book Award for Nonfiction for Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War. Penguin has issued a 50-page excerpt from that later book entitled The First Thanksgiving that narrows the larger story to the first year the Pilgrims stole corn stored by the Indians on Cape Cod before landing in Plymou ...more
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Nov 25, 2013 Bookkaholic Magazine rated it really liked it
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(See our full review over at Bookkaholic.) A short (59-page) and enlightening account of the Pilgrims’ settlement at Plymouth Rock and the uncertain days leading up to the first Thanksgiving. Philbrick writes gripping historical narratives, in clear and conversational prose. It’s always good to be reminded of the layers of complexity behind a simple story. Squanto, especially, was a more mysterious character than legend makes out.
Vince Darcangelo
The First Thanksgiving

Nathaniel Philbrick

This short work, a reworking of a chapter from Philbrick’s Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War, is a great introduction to anyone interested in historical nonfiction who may be daunted by Philbrick’s longer works. There aren’t enough superlatives for Philbrick’s writing, and this appetizer will make any reader want to read the Mayflower, or any of his works, in full.

It’s the history of a holiday that we still celebrate, yet holds little conn
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Seth
Writing history is hard to do well, but when an author succeeds he makes it look easy. I've read some mediocre, juvenile historical accounts, but Nathaniel Philbrick's fascinating presentation of the first Thanksgiving is high quality. He manages to weave what might otherwise be a droning presentation of "names and dates" into a fine narrative, detailing how often the personality quirks and seemingly inconsequential choices of major and minor players shaped the early history of the Pilgrims and ...more
S B
Dec 01, 2013 S B rated it liked it
While this book provides some very interesting details about the Pilgrim's first year in the new world, you can feel that this is only part of a larger publication. One gets the feeling of reading a skeletal description that lacks meat, particularly personal, relational information. What is more, the end comes rather abruptly. Even if this is a chapter of a larger book, the ending should have been rewritten to provide more "closure".

I received a complimentary copy of this book from netgalley.com
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Julie
Dec 11, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this quick history of the 9 or 10 months leading up to the harvest festival that has become known as the first Thanksgiving.

I am surprised how little of this story is taught in U.S. schools, and how much myth abounds and is taught.

This excerpt from the larger book "Mayflower" shows the good and bad in both the Pilgrims and the Indians - shows that both were imperfect, but mostly doing their best to do what they believed was right and wise.
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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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