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Champion sailor, award-winning scholar and bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick is a lively and illuminating speaker on all things historical and maritime.
Nathaniel first gained fame for his nonfiction classic In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, which familiarized modern readers with the harrowing true story behind Herman Melville's Moby-Dick; the gripping bestseller won the prestigious National Book Award in 2001. He revisited the bestseller lists with Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War, his fresh take on the Pilgrims' journey to Plymouth Rock. He has also penned absorbing accounts of the quest to map the Pacific Ocean (Sea of Glory) and the rich history of his beloved Nantucket (Abram's Eyes and Away Off Shore), as well as several lighthearted books about sailing: The Passionate Sailor; Yachting, A Parody; and A Sunfish Sailor's Odyssey. For the latter he drew on his thrilling experiences as an NCAA All-American sailor and North American Sunfish champion. In October 2011, Philbrick released Why Read Moby-Dick? He is presently at work on a book about Boston during the early years of the Revolution slated for publication in 2013.
A renowned scholar who wears his learning lightly, Nathaniel entertains listening audiences with fascinating accounts of America's past and tales of his own seagoing adventures. His lectures are delivered in the same brisk and engaging style that has made him one of the country's most popular authors of historical narrative.
For more information on Nathaniel Philbrick, visit his website at http://www.nathanielphilbrick.com/.
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- The Road to Melville: Why Moby Dick
- Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War
- The Heart of the Sea: America's First Frontier
- Profiles in Courage