Title: Mayflower: A Voyage to War
Author: Nathaniel Philbrick
Webpage: Nathaniel Philbrick
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Genre: Historical Non-fiction
Print Length: 352 pages
Synopsis: Behind the quaint and pious version of the Mayflower story usually taught in American primary schools is a tumultuous and largely untold tale of violence, subterfuge and epic drama.
Nathaniel Philbrick have crafted a fascinating narrative that, if it were a novel would be dripping with beguiling plots of intrigue, greed and cultural clashes. It is said that the truth is stranger than fiction and Mayflower exemplifies this. For a non-fiction book it gallops along at a rate of knots, using a narrative style that keeps the reader wanting to know what happens next. It is a fascinating read which celebrates the early years of co-operation between the Europeans and Native Americans of New England in the early to mid-seventeenth century and is an indictment of the nature of man to succumb to greed and prejudice. It also highlights the importance of leaders in leading us to our destinations, be it to peace and co-operation or death and destruction. Modern leaders could do worse than read Mayfair and reflect on what they can learn from the past. This is a highly recommended read.
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