November was very busy with travels, celebrating Thanksgiving and kicking off the December holiday season, and I wasn't able to do a November update. But busy or not, I still read. Here's the one I read leading up to Thanksgiving and one to kick off the Christmas holiday season.
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War
Nathaniel Philbrick (2007)
Although he glosses over the difference between the Pilgrims and Puritans who colonized New England, Philbrick presents a nuanced history of the complicated relationships between Native Americans and the first English settlers. That complicated relationship resulted in King Philip's War (1675-78) which is considered by many to be the greatest calamity to occur in seventeenth-century New England. The economy of the Plymouth and Rhode Island colonies were all but ruined, and both the English and Native American populations were decimated - with captive Native Americans shipped to the Caribbean as slaves.
The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescured His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits
Les Standiford (2008)
Last year's film "The Man Who Invented Christmas" was enjoyable and worth seeing - but this book is a much more serious biography of Charles Dickens and - part history, part literary analysis - is very different from the film. Standiford explains Dickens's rise to fame and his declining popularity before A Christmas Carol while giving insights into the 19th century publishing industry.
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Leadership: In Turbulent Times
Doris Kearns Goodwin, 2018
Bob Woodward, 2018