Magisterial . . . Popular histories often gentrify these early events, but Bailyn s gripping, detailed, often squirm-inducing account makes it abundantly clear how ungenteel they actually were.
This weighty book distills a lifetime of learning of one of our most authoritative historians of colonial America. . . . A history of the colonies built up of brilliant portraits of the people who interacted in these strange and fearsome lands. . . . This is not your school-book colonial history. . . . Penetrating and stylish . . . An extraordinary work of profound seriousness, characteristic of its author.
“Publishers Weekly “(starred review)
Drawing on decades of sound, dynamic research, the author has provided scholars and general readers alike with an insightful and engaging account of Colonial America that signals a reset on Colonial studies, the culmination of his work. An important book. . . . Superbly told.
Brian Odom, “Library Journal “(starred review)
In Bailyn s perceptive and erudite hands, the original British, Dutch, and Swedish ventures assume as wild and variegated guises as did the forceful individuals who embarked on them.
Gilbert Taylor, “Booklist”
Bailyn spares no gory detail, but he treats his subjects with sympathy.
“The New Yorker””