As inevitable as the yearly holiday at Thanksgiving is the assignment relating to the Pilgrims. A new slant on the subject is hard to find, but this book takes the unusual tack of concentrating on the Mayflower's Captain. He was a highly competent, seasoned sailor, but not a particularly striking personality, so his story is primarily of interest as an indication of social mores and period attitudes and for its insight into various aspects of British shipping at the time. Jones' experience began with his apprenticeship at the age of 11, and his career as ship master began just before the Spanish Armada, and ended with his death shortly after the first difficult year the Pilgrims underwent in the New World. His personal life is of mild interest as an example of typical English family life, and is heavily sprinkled with conversation which may be based on records but isn't documented. By the author of Seeing Fingers: The Story of Louis Braille (1962) and Gallaudet: Friend of the Deaf (1964).