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Making Haste from Babylon


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"One opens this book with a weary sense of resignation. More hagiography about national origins? Another group of founders? The Pilgrims? The Mayflower? The Compact? The first Thanksgiving? A 'new history'? Please! Enough already. And yet...it's not like that, not at all. To the contrary, Nick Bunker offers a remarkably fresh take on (it's true) an old and well-worn story... The evidence...adds up to a picture so full and vivid as to constitute a virtual ground-level tour of an otherwise lost world." ---"The Washington Post" "A meticulous exploration of the lives of the Pilgrims before they even set sail...It's a comprehensive work of genius and a delight to read." ---GalleyCat.com "A wonderfully engaging study...There is so much here that is fresh and invigorating that "Making Haste from Babylon" will seem to some lovers of early American history a real page-turner with new readings and perceptive takes in each chapter. Bunker has written that rarest of books - a scholarly history with all the narrative punch of a novel." ---"The Providence Journal" "Bunker...is simply a marvelous writer with a nose for the fascinating anecdote...There's some intriguing fact or story on every page...so much of "Making Haste from Babylon" [is] rich in the thrill of brushing up against the past and its fathomless mysteries." ---Salon.com "A bold work of revisionism." ---"Harper's Magazine" " " "Making Haste from Babylon is essential reading for those who think they know the story of the Pilgrims...All this and more Bunker relates with enviable concision and verve." ---"BBC History Magazine" "Prodigious...[Bunker's] vivid style and bold analysis infuse this book with colour and pace, and the result is an indispensable contribution to understanding how it all began." -"Literary Review" "This superb book secures for the Pilgrims their iconic perch among the earliest founders of colonial America. Bunker...has succeeded in writing

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