John Winthrop, Oliver Cromwell, and the Land of Promise by Marc Aronson

Bibliographic Citation: Aronson, Marc. John Winthrop, Oliver Cromwell, and the Land of Promise. New York: Clarion Books, 2004. 205p. ISBN: 9780618181773. 

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Author Marc Aronson examines the lives, legacies, and religious convictions of John Winthrop and Oliver Cromwell.

Personal Reaction:

John Winthrop and Oliver Cromwell were both highly religious men, driven by their passionate convictions. Looking to escape God’s judgment, Winthrop set off for America hoping to form a community “so closely woven together that all were equally important to its future” (Aronson, 2004, p.40). The foundation of the godly community Winthrop imagined was Christian love. Oliver Cromwell, however, sought to be the “avenging arm of divine judgment” (Aronson, 2004, p.101). Commanding Parliamentary forces in Britain’s Civil War, Cromwell was the Presbyterians living nightmare.

Marc Aronson’s John Winthrop, Oliver Cromwell, and the Land of Promise the intertwined lives of these men. As with all of Aronson’s non-fiction for young adults, the book is thoroughly researched and rich with historical context. Many maps and other images serve to enhance the reader’s experience, but don’t distract from the main content of the book. Aronson’s greatest strength in writing John Winthrop, Oliver Cromwell, and the Land of Promise, however, is the parallels he draws between the book’s subject and the Islamic holy war. His ability to connect his readers modern experiences to a very distant past makes this book an incredibly valuable resource for young adults.

Front Matter:

Dedication page, TOC, Acknowledgments, “Why This Book,” “Cast of Characters,” Prologue

Back Matter:

Epilogue, Endnotes and Bibliography, Timeline, Index


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