John Winthrop, Oliver Cromwell, and the Land of Promise (Hardcover)

By Marc Aronson

Clarion Books, 9780618181773, 224pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2004



This carefully researched and insightful account by Sibert medalist Marc Aronson focuses on the intertwined lives of John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Puritan Commonwealth in England. Set against a broad canvas of the turmoil that engulfed Britain in the 17th century, the book examines the clashes of the monarchy and the church with Parliament, which led these two powerful men to take opposite courses. Here is a panoramic view of the period, from elaborate masques to the trial of a heretic, from wars fought against Indians to dramatic battles led by cavalry, from the toppling of a king to the search for the ideal society.
Packed with literary allusions, vivid descriptions of significant events, and a cast of memorable figures, this sweeping account picks up where the highly acclaimed Sir Walter Ralegh leaves off, providing another riveting look at British and early American history. Cast of characters, maps, endnotes and bibliography, Internet resources, timeline, index.

Praise For John Winthrop, Oliver Cromwell, and the Land of Promise

"...writing is clear and the documentation important study of the origins of America as a land of promise." Kirkus Reviews

"Aronson is masterly at illuminating the reality...that created fertile ground for ideas about democracy and equality." BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA

"Aronson often utilizes expressions or situations with which readers will be familiar to help them place historical events in context." Publishers Weekly

"Aronson keeps readers engaged with intriguing anecdotes and cogent analysis while making accessible connections between the past and present." HORNBOOK Horn Book

"Aronson delivers his arguments in the style of a demanding but entertaining teacher...flashes of humor...apt analogies...scrupulous references" Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"a wealth of detailed historical information and unique analyses of philosophical issues...fascinating and provocative" SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

School Library Journal

"panoramic view...accessible text... author's passion...comes across in his writing; excellent source for historical and biographical data" VOYA VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)