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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 Details

ISBN: 9780743578196
ISBN-10: 0743578198
Format: CD-Audio
(135mm x 158mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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