I am by no means a historian, but I found this book to be quite readable and easily understandable. Vaughan lays down the basics of New England's Native American tribes up to the point of the Mayflower landing, and he gives some background on earlier European exploration of America. Chapters are, on the whole, arranged thematically rather than chronologically (though the information within each chapter is chronological). For this reason, I found this book much more effective than, say, Nathanial Filbrick's more recent work, Mayflower, which is organized through a straight chronology of the same time period. Vaughan's thematic approach makes the topic much more coherent, and he doesn't focus on so many minute details that Filbrick does, which also makes it more cohesive. For readers looking for a broad overview of early Puritan/Native American relations, Vaughan's book is definitely a good place to start.