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    DescriptionA "brilliant and provocative" ("The New Yorker") celebration of Melville's masterpiece--from the bestselling author of "In the Heart of the Sea" One of the greatest American novels finds its perfect contemporary champion in "Why Read" Moby-Dick"?," Nathaniel Philbrick's enlightening and entertaining tour through Melville's classic. As he did in his National Book Award-winning bestseller "In the Heart of the Sea," Philbrick brings a sailor's eye and an adventurer's passion to unfolding the story behind an epic American journey. He skillfully navigates Melville's world and illuminates the book's humor and unforgettable characters--finding the thread that binds Ishmael and Ahab to our own time and, indeed, to all times. An ideal match between author and subject, "Why Read "Moby-Dick"?" will start conversations, inspire arguments, and make a powerful case that this classic tale waits to be discovered anew.

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    Why Read Moby-Dick?
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nathaniel Philbrick
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 131
    Width: 124 mm
    Height: 176 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 113 g
    ISBN 13: 9780143123972
    ISBN 10: 0143123971

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    BISAC V2.8: LIT007000
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    LC classification: Z
    Libri: ENGM1810
    Abridged Dewey: 028
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15740
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    B&T Approval Code: A28400000
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    BISAC V2.8: LIT004020
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    Edition statement
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    The Penguin Press
    Publication date
    30 November 2013
    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.
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    "Gracefully written [with an] infectious enthusiasm..."--"New York Times Book Review" "Exuberant."--"Boston"" Globe" "Brilliant and provocative..."--"The New Yorker" "[A] slim, passionate manifesto..."--"Chicago Tribune" "A slim, easy-to-read argument on why you should definitely put ["Moby-Dick"] on your bucket list."--"History Wire" "WHY READ MOBY-DICK? reels in a compelling case... short, lucid, intelligent... Philbrick's more like a literary color analyst, helping readers see the novel better while also creating a sense of excitement about it."--"Milwaukee"" Journal Sentinel" "This slender volume is packed with reasons why you might want to read the whaling classic.""--Minneapolis Star-Tribune" " " "This slender, pleasant, sincere book by the maritime historian and naval enthusiast is more than a respectable tribute unencumbered by academic prose. Approaching "Moby-Dick" from outside the academy is refreshing, and Philbrick's enthusiasm is contagious....So put me down for a reading of "Moby-Dick" in 2012, and count Philbrick's book a success."--"The New Republic" "Philbrick does the literary world great service by bringing "Moby-Dick" back into popular attention and also by his skill in keeping American history fresh and alive."--"Aspen Daily News" "Sure to swell the readership of Melville's masterpiece."--"Booklist" (Starred review) "In this cogent and passionate polemic for Melville's masterpiece, Philbrick... combines a critical eye and a reader's adoration to make a case for "Moby-Dick.".. Less lit-crit and more readers' guide, this tome will remind fans why they loved the book in the first place, and whet the appetites of trepid potential readers."--"Publishers Weekly" "A slim celebration of the elements of a literary masterpiece...Philbrick is an enthusiastic salesman for a sometimes daunting novel."--"Kirkus" "So you liked Philbrick's "In the Heart of the Sea," which re-created the wreck of the whaleship Ess