MAYFLOWER – A Story of Courage, Community, and War – A 2007 Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History
The story of the Plymouth Colony began in peril and ended in war. When the Mayflower’s religious refugees arrived in Plymouth Harbor, the Native Americans were facing their own crisis. Diseases spread by European fisherman were killing them. In the beginning, the Wampanoag’s charismatic and calculating chief, Massasoit, and the Pilgrim’s pugnacious military officer, Miles Standish, maintained a fragile working relationship between the groups. But within decades, New England erupted into King Philip’s War, a savagely bloody conflict that nearly wiped-out English colonists and natives alike. This is a story of adventures and misadventures. Mistakes and missteps. Human actions and reactions. Religious extremism and racial hatred. Treachery, bribery, bungling, coverups, and constantly shifting alliances. The story of the Plymouth Colony spans almost six decades. This is the story you’ve never heard before.
In June 2020, a newly expanded trade paperback edition o of Mayflower was released to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival in Plymouth.