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John Winthrop, Oliver Cromwell, and the Land of Promise

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This carefully researched and insightful account by Sibert medalist Marc Aronson focuses on the intertwined lives of John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Puritan Commonwealth in England. Set against a broad canvas of the turmoil that engulfed Britain in the 17th century, the book examines the clashes ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 22nd 2004 by Clarion Books
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Like many Americans, I've long known that England's King Charles I was executed in the 1600's. After reading Marc Aronson's account, recommended to me by my history-teacher son, I now understand why. As the title suggests, author Aronson has penned two parallel stories about two societies, one ancient and the other brand new, and their struggles to define the rights of man. John Winthrop and Oliver Cromwell were a pair of strong-principled, like-minded puritans who chose to act upon their convic ...more
The author examines Winthrop, first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and Oliver Cromwell, who governed England as Lord Protector of the Puritan Commonwealth in England, in the light of their striving to build nations that would obey God's rules. Both thought they were living in the last days and that Jesus would return soon. Both were disciplined men and strong leaders. And both learned, eventually, that since man is imperfect, he cannot create a perfect society. Both also learned to co ...more
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One day, I decided to research the American Puritans. I wanted to learn more about this group that had exerted so much influence over the US. When I found this book at my library, I did a little happy dance inside.

I cracked this book open, and was entranced by Aronson's spare yet detail-filled writing. Just when I was being swept away by a passage on Charles I, I came across the words "fire-breathing religious zealot."

I blinked. Surely I was mistaken.

I read it again.
A rarity in the YA book market-a non-fiction history book that is well researched and written. Marc Aronson is a very talented author who has written several acclaimed nooks in this format for YA's.
I thought this book was compelling and I appreciated the illustrations from the era rather than "modernized" illustrations.
An Anglophile myself, I never realized the connection between the religious upheaval in the New World and in the Old prior to Charles I being executed. Despite being called a "re
Written for young adults with lots of discussion of theology.
Ellen King
This is the first book I have read that shows the clear connections between the happenings in Europe and the beginnings of America for a young adult audience. It traces the threads of philosophy and belief, giving a clear picture of how we got where we did. It also grants a clearer understanding, and with it, compassion, for the judgments and choices made in the course of that time. It's about time someone wrote this. Great job, Mr. Aronson! Your attention to detail and research really shows. Th ...more
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Aronson has won many awards for his books for young readers and has a doctorate in American history. His lectures cover educational topics such as mysteries and controversies in American history, teenagers and their reading, the literary passions of boys, and always leave audiences asking for more.
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