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Books on United States history:  the Plymouth Colony


Of Plymouth Plantation, by William Bradford

Of Plymouth Plantation, Kindle edition, amazon.com


Mayflower : A Story of Courage, Community, and War (Hardcover)
by Nathaniel Philbrick

I enjoyed reading Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick. The book is about the Plymouth Colony, with focus on the early years of the settlement and on the wars with the Indians in the 1670's.

In the first part of the book, William Bradford is the main "character" in the narrative, and in the second part Benjamin Church, a militia captain. Jill Lepore in the New Yorker writes that Philbrick relies too heavily on a book written by Church's son forty years after the events had taken place. "This as-told-to, after-the-fact memoir is the single most unreliable account of one of the most well-documented wars of the Colonial period," she says. I found the book interesting and pleasant to read. I am aware of Jill Lepore's objection to the author's scholarship, but I am not qualified to pass judgment on the matter.