Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick is an American author best known for his works of historical non-fiction. His book 'In the Heart of the Sea' won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2000 and was later adapted into a film. Philbrick's writing often focuses on maritime history and early American history, such as the Pilgrims' settlement at Plymouth Colony in 'Mayflower' and the Battle of Bunker Hill in 'Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution.' He is recognized for his detailed research and engaging narrative style.


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  1. 1. In the Heart of the Sea

    This historical narrative tells the true story of the 19th-century whaleship Essex, which was rammed and sunk by a sperm whale in the South Pacific. Stranded thousands of miles from land, the crew of the Essex was pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. The tale explores the harrowing ordeal of these men through their long journey at sea, their encounters with nature's fury, hunger, disease, and their own fear and despair.

  2. 2. Mayflower: A Story Of Courage, Community, And War

    "Mayflower" by Nathaniel Philbrick is a historical account of the Pilgrims' journey to America on the Mayflower and their struggle to establish a colony in the New World. The book delves into the challenges they faced, including harsh weather, disease, and conflicts with the Native Americans. It also explores the relationships between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe, including the alliance formed between them and the events that led up to King Philip's War. Through detailed research and vivid storytelling, Philbrick provides a compelling and informative narrative of this pivotal period in American history.