Framed said, "I listed Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick for my Massachusetts book. Probably because I own it, but I've heard good things about it also."
Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick tracks the Pilgrims from their perilous 1620 transatlantic crossing to the bloody battles of King Philip's War (1675-76). With compelling detail, he describes the delicate social ecology achieved by the Pilgrims and Native Americans before it was broken by a deadly war of attrition. His carefully modulated story blends acts of settler courage and kindness with those of savagery and cowardice. The Mayflower Compact degenerated into a divisive debate of war and peace. Captain Miles Standish, military advisor for the Pilgrims, argued for a ruthless bellicosity, while Edward Winslow, a deputy governor of Plymouth Colony, sought a negotiated settlement with the Indians. A major nonfiction work. Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of the New York Times bestseller In the Heart of the Sea, which won the National Book Award, and Sea of Glory, winner of the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize.