Books by Nathaniel Philbrick

Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A tense, richly detailed narrative of the American Revolution."
In 1781, discouraged after five years of war, George Washington finally saw the tide turn. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"An amiably witty book about sailing that will appeal as strongly to the uninitiated as to the addicted."
In a new edition of a book first published in 1999, the National Book Award-winning author recalls a "watershed" year in the early 1990s when he seriously took up sailing, a sport he had abandoned when he was in his 20s. Read full book review >
BEN'S REVOLUTION by Nathaniel Philbrick
Released: May 23, 2017

"A crisp historical vignette. (maps, author's note, illustrator's note) (Historical fiction. 7-9)"
A boy experiences the Boston Tea Party, the response to the Intolerable Acts, and the battle at Breed's Hill in Charlestown. Read full book review >
Released: May 10, 2016

"A lively account of our Revolution's most reviled figure."
A history of the American Revolution, focused on George Washington (1732-1799) and Benedict Arnold (1741-1801), in which the author acknowledges Arnold's good points but does not fully rehabilitate him. Read full book review >
Released: April 30, 2013

"A rewarding approach to a well-worn subject, rich in anecdotes, opinion, bloodshed and Byzantine political maneuvering."
National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Philbrick (Why Read Moby-Dick, 2011, etc.) will be a candidate for another award with this ingenious, bottom-up look at Boston from the time of the December 1773 Tea Party to the iconic June 1775 battle. Read full book review >
WHY READ <i>MOBY-DICK</i>? by Nathaniel Philbrick
Released: Oct. 13, 2011

"On that front, mission accomplished: Philbrick is an enthusiastic salesman for a sometimes daunting novel."
A slim celebration of the elements of a literary masterpiece—and its moody, obsessive author. Read full book review >
Released: May 4, 2010

"A stirring, perceptive retelling of an endless fascinating battle."
A master storyteller's vivid take on "one of the most notorious military disasters in U.S. history." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A 'List of Characters' and detailed timeline, along with well-captioned visuals and a series of maps, make the complicated narrative easy to follow. (Mayflower passenger list; index not seen) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
This elegant, absorbing account of the first two generations of Pilgrims sets the record straight about the first Thanksgiving and the following five decades. Read full book review >
Released: May 9, 2006

"A remarkably sensitive account: 21st-century readers could ask for no more insightful reinterpretation of America's founding myth."
Known for his special talent with a sea story, National Book Award-winner Philbrick (Sea of Glory, 2003, etc.) here uses the Pilgrims' perilous Atlantic crossing as mere prelude to an even more harrowing tale of survival in an alien land. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 10, 2003

"A rare blend of history, heroics, and gut-gripping emotion."
The harrowing survival tale that garnered Philbrick a National Book Award (In the Heart of the Sea, 2000) seems almost a tune-up for this saga of wind and wave. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Fans of Marian Calabro's Perilous Journey of the Donner Party (1999) and the like will lick their chops. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Philbrick cuts down his National Book Award-winning In the Heart of the Sea (2000) for a younger audience, but leaves in plenty of gruesome detail. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2000

"A gripping chronicle of an epic voyage of hardship and survival that deserves to be as well known now as it once was. (16 pages b&w illustrations) (First serial rights to Vanity Fair; author tour)"
A vivid account of a 19th-century maritime disaster that engaged the popular imagination of the time with its horrors of castaways and cannibalism. Read full book review >