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    Description"For everyone who loves Nantucket Island this is the indispensable book." --Russell Baker Nantucket is a tiny island with a huge history. In his first book of history, "Away Off Shore," "New York Times"-bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick reveals the people and the stories behind what was once the whaling capital of the world. Beyond its charm, quaint local traditions, and whaling yarns, Philbrick explores the origins of Nantucket in this comprehensive history. From the English settlers who thought they were purchasing a "Native American ghost town" but actually found a fully realized society, through the rise and fall of the then thriving whaling industry, the story of Nantucket is a truly unique chapter of American history.


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    Title
    Away Off Shore
    Subtitle
    Nantucket Island and Its People, 1602-1890
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nathaniel Philbrick
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 259 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780143120124
    ISBN 10: 0143120123
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/19CNTY
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBBE
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/18CNTY
    Ingram Subject Code: HS
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/17CNTY
    B&T General Subject: 430
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036100
    Ingram Theme: GEOG/MASSCH
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 18
    Libri: I-HS
    B&T Approval Code: A16504640
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 974.4/97
    LC classification: F72.N2 P47 2011
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 974.497
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 974.497
    BISAC region code: 4.0.1.1.3.0.0
    Thema V1.0: NHK, WQH
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Publisher
    Penguin Books
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books
    Publication date
    26 April 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Nathaniel Philbrick grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and earned a BA in English from Brown University and an MA in America Literature from Duke University, where he was a James B. Duke Fellow. He was Brown University's first Intercollegiate All-American sailor in 1978, the same year he won the Sunfish North Americans in Barrington, RI. After working as an editor at "Sailing World" magazine, he wrote and edited several books about sailing, including "The Passionate Sailor, Second Wind," and "Yaahting: A Parody." In 1986, Philbrick moved to Nantucket with his wife Melissa and their two children. In 1994, he published his first book about the island's history, "Away Off Shore," followed by a study of the Nantucket's native legacy, "Abram's Eyes." He was the founding director of Nantucket's Egan Maritime Institute and is still a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association. In 2000, Philbrick published the "New York Times" bestseller "In the Heart of the Sea, "which won the National Book Award for nonfiction. The book is the basis of the forthcoming Warner Bros. motion picture "Heart of the Sea," directed by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Benjamin Walker, Ben Wishaw, and Tom Holland, which is scheduled for release in March, 2015. The book also inspired a 2001 Dateline special on NBC as well as the 2010 two-hour PBS American Experience film "Into the Deep" by Ric Burns. His next book was "Sea of Glory," published in 2003, which won the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize and the Albion-Monroe Award from the National Maritime Historical Society. The New York Times Bestseller "Mayflower "was a finalist for both the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in History and the "Los Angeles Times" Book Award, won the Massachusetts Book Award for nonfiction, and was named one the ten Best Books of 2006 by the "New York Times Book Review." "Mayflower" is currently in development as a limited series on FX. In 2010, he published the "New York Times" bestseller "The Last Stand," which was named a "New York Times" Notable book, a 2010 Montana Book Award Honor Book, and a 2011 ALA Notable Book. Philbrick was an on-camera consultant to the two-hour PBS American Experience film "Custer's Last Stand" by Stephen Ives. The book is currently being adapted for a ten-hour, multi-part television series. The audio book for Philbrick's "Why Read Moby-Dick?" (2011) made the ALA's Listen List in 2012 and was a finalist for the New England Society Book Award. Philbrick's latest "New York Times" bestseller, "Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution," was published in 2013 and was awarded both the 2013 New England Book Award for Non-Fiction and the 2014 New England Society Book Award. "Bunker Hill" won the 2014 book award from the Society of Colonial Wars, and has been optioned by Warner Bros. for feature film adaptation with Ben Affleck attached to direct. 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, the William Bradford Award from the Pilgrim Society, and the Boston History Award from the Bostonian Society. He was named the 2011 Cushing Orator by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and has an honorary doctorate from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where he delivered the commencement address in 2009. Philbrick's writing has appeared in "Vanity Fair," the "New York Times Book Review," the "Wall Street Journal," the "Los Angeles Times," and the" Boston Globe." He has appeared on the Today Show, the Morning Show, Dateline, PBS's American Experience, C-SPAN, and NPR. He and his wife still live on Nantucket.
    Review quote
    "Nathaniel Philbrick has written a gem of a book. "Away Off Shore" is meticulously detailed, filled with fine anecdotes, and a fascinating look at a fascinating place." --H. G. Bissinger, author of" Friday Night Lights" ""Away Off Shore" doesn't recount more of the same heroic stories we've all heard about early Nantucketers . . . Instead the author gives us--finally--a human story of real Nantucketers whose actions reflect the times and the hardships they endured trying to make a life on this island centuries ago." --"Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror"