The only thing more dangerous than an idea is a belief. And by dangerous I don’t mean thought-provoking. I mean: might get people killed.
Promising opening, right? The Wordy Shipmates is a book about a group of colonists that traveled from England in 1630 to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The group was led by John Winthrop, who went on to be the governor of Massachusetts.
This book was mostly a diatribe on the religious beliefs of Winthrop and his people. I don’t necessarily have an issue with reading the history of puritans and their religious beliefs but that was all. there. was. For 272 pages. For that reason, The Wordy Shipmates was a prime example of what happens when you go into a book with completely different expectations. I anticipated a book that told more about the day to day living of the puritans and the hardships they faced. I expected to hear more about the people that maybe didn’t make it into our history books. I got none of that.
The Wordy Shipmates seems to have overwhelmingly positive reviews, so don’t take my opinion as gospel. In fact, I am excited to read more from Vowell and I did appreciate her acerbic wit. I can see why she has such a following, and I fully intend to read more from her, starting with Assassination Vacation.
I purchased this book from Borders.