Nathaniel Philbrick
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Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick
Life at a Glance

Born
1956 in Boston, Mass.

Educated
Linden Elementary School and Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, Pa.; BA in English from Brown University in Providence, RI, and an MA in America Literature from Duke University in Durham, NC

Sailing
Philbrick was Brown's first Intercollegiate All-American sailor in 1978; that year he won the Sunfish North Americans in Barrington, RI; today he and his wife Melissa sail their Beetle Cat Clio and their Tiffany Jane 34 Marie-J in the waters surrounding Nantucket Island.

Married
Melissa Douthart Philbrick, who is an attorney on Nantucket. They have two children: Jennie, 23, and Ethan 20.

Career
After grad school, Philbrick worked for four years at Sailing World magazine; was a freelancer for a number of years, during which time he wrote/edited several sailing books, including Yaahting: A Parody (1984), for which he was the editor-in-chief; during this time he was also the primary caregiver for his two children. After moving to Nantucket in 1986, he became interested in the history of the island and wrote Away Off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People. He was offered the opportunity to start the Egan Maritime Foundation in 1995, and in 2000 he published In the Heart of the Sea, followed by Sea of Glory, in 2003, and Mayflower, due in May 2006.

Awards and Honors
In the Heart of the Sea won the National Book Award for nonfiction; Revenge of the Whale won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; Sea of Glory won the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize and the Albion-Monroe Award from the National Maritime Historical Society. Philbrick has also received the Byrne Waterman Award from the Kendall Whaling Museum, the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for distinguished service from the USS Constitution Museum, the Nathaniel Bowditch Award from the American Merchant Marine Museum, and the William Bradford Award from the Pilgrim Society.

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    • In the Hurricane's Eye

    • The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown
    • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 192

    A riveting and wide-ranging story, full of dramatic, unexpected turns, In the Hurricane's Eye reveals that the fate of the American Revolution depended, in the end, on Washington and the sea....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Even-handed, yet dramatic!

    • By Jaccred on 10-24-18

    Regular price: $28.00

    • In the Heart of the Sea

    • The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
    • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,544
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,030
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,033

    The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good story, horrible audio

    • By Eric Leal on 02-06-15

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Mayflower

    • A Story of Courage, Community, and War
    • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,844
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,187
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183

    From the perilous ocean crossing to the shared bounty of the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim settlement of New England has become enshrined as our most sacred national myth....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating book about a little-understood time

    • By John M on 02-04-07

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Valiant Ambition

    • George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution
    • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 971
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 967

    In September 1776 the vulnerable Continental Army, under an unsure George Washington, evacuates New York after a devastating defeat by the British army....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic book that every American should read

    • By Ross on 11-02-16

    Regular price: $31.50

    • The Last Stand

    • Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
    • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 726
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 582
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 583

    Little Bighorn and Custer are names synonymous in the American imagination with unmatched bravery and spectacular defeat....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Liberal junk

    • By Randall on 03-26-17

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Bunker Hill

    • A City, a Siege, a Revolution
    • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
    • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,229
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100

    With passion and insight, Philbrick reconstructs the revolutionary landscape - geographic and ideological - in a mesmerizing narrative of the robust, messy, blisteringly real origins of America....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Fantastic Story by Philbrick

    • By Rick on 09-30-13

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Sea of Glory

    • America's Voyage of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842
    • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 434
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 298
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 302

    The New York Times best-selling author of Valiant Ambition and In the Hurricane's Eye presents the harrowing story of a pathbreaking naval expedition that set out to map the entire Pacific Ocean, dwarfing Lewis and Clark with its discoveries....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good solid voyage of discovery

    • By Ken Sundermeyer on 06-18-05
    • America's Voyage of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842
    • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
    • Release date: 06-13-05
    • 4 out of 5 stars 434 ratings

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Away Off Shore

    • Nantucket Island and Its People, 1602-1890
    • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    In his first book of history, Away Off Shore, New York Times best-selling author Nathaniel Philbrick reveals the people and the stories behind what was once the whaling capital of the world....

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Revenge of the Whale

    • The True Story of the Whaleship Essex
    • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated by: Taylor Mali
    • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    Can a whale attack a ship? The shipwrecked crew of the whaleship Essex was living proof that it could when a whale displayed a fury never before witnessed, ramming and sinking their vessel....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So great I want to hear the longer version.

    • By Mark on 02-15-07

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Second Wind

    • A Sunfish Sailor, an Island, and the Voyage That Brought a Family Together
    • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated by: Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    In the spring of 1992, Nat Philbrick was in his late 30s, living with his family on Nantucket, feeling stranded and longing for the thrill of victory of a national sailing championship....

    Regular price: $21.00

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