The Wordy Shipmates
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Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
Book Description"New York Times" bestselling author Sarah Vowell explores the Puritans and their journey to America in "The Wordy Shipmates." Even today, America views itself as a Puritan nation, but Vowell investigates what that means -- and what it should mean. What was this great political enterprise all about? Who were these people who are considered the philosophical, spiritual, and moral ancestors of our nation? The people she finds are highly literate, deeply principled, and surprisingly feisty. Their story is filled with pamphlet feuds, witty courtroom dramas, and bloody vengeance. Along the way she asks: Was Massachusetts Bay Colony governor John Winthrop a communitarian, a Christ-like Christian, or conformity's tyrannical enforcer? Answer: Yes! Was Rhode Island's architect, Roger Williams, America's founding freak or the father of the First Amendment? Same difference. What was the Puritans' pet name for the Pope? The Great Whore of Babylon. Sarah Vowell's special brand of armchair history makes the bizarre and esoteric fascinatingly relevant and fun. She takes us from the modern-day reenactment of an Indian massacre to the Mohegan Sun casino, from old-timey Puritan poetry, to a Mayflower-themed waterslide. The Wordy Shipmates is rich in historical fact, humorous insight, and social commentary by one of America's most celebrated voices. Thou shalt enjoy it."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780743578196
(135mm x 158mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Sarah Vowell
Wordy Shipmates, Paperback / softback (October 2009)
From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Assassination Vacation" and "The Partly Cloudy Patriot" comes an examination of the Puritans, their covenant communities, deep-rooted idealism, political and cultural relevance, and their myriad oddities.
Assassination Vacation, Paperback (April 2006)
ASSASSINATION VACATION finds Sarah Vowell further honing her trademark style, this time out she offers readers a roadmap that illuminates as never before the pit stops of American presidential devastation.
Partly Cloudy Patriot, Paperback (October 2003)» View all books by Sarah Vowell
Frequently cited as one of the best books of 2002, this bestselling collection of whip-smart, soulful essays explores history, pop culture, and what it means to be an American. Line drawings.
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