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Patriotic Pick for November 2021

Mayflower: A Story of Voyage, Community, and War

by Nathaniel Philbrick

Mayflower: A Story of Voyage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick

Whether it’s via their tone, topic, or tenor, certain works just say “America.” Here is one such title, suggested by Edgar Dobie, executive producer and president of Arena Stage:

“Mayflower: A Story of Voyage, Community, and War” by Nathaniel Philbrick. “As an immigrant studying for my citizenship exam in 2008, I took my adopted nation’s history to heart,” says Dobie. “Philbrick’s book was an inspiration [of] what was and what might have been. Lincoln made Thanksgiving a holiday based on the early promise of those first contacts. We were hopeful then and can be again!”

Patriotic Picks is a monthly feature in partnership with the Washington Independent Review of Books.