Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of many nonfiction titles, including:
- Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War,
- Sea of Glory: America’s Voyage of Discovery: The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842,
- The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn,
- and Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution.
Perhaps his most popular title is In the Heart of the Sea: the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex. This book details the sinking of the whaleship “Essex” by an angry sperm whale in the year 1820, and how the young men aboard endured against all odds. In the Heart of the Sea was on the New York Times Bestseller list when it was published in 2000 and also won the National Book Award for nonfiction.
Philbrick’s book is also the basis for the Warner Brothers motion picture “In the Heart of the Sea,” scheduled for release on December 11, 2015. The film is directed by Ron Howard and stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Ben Wishaw, and Tom Holland. There is still time to read the book before you see the movie!
Watch the trailer for “In the Heart of the Sea”:
Which Nathaniel Philbrick book is your favorite?
Posted by: Rachel