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Away Off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People, 1602-1890

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Away Off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People, 1602-1890

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A book about a tiny island with a huge history, from the New York Times bestselling author of Valiant Ambition and In the Hurricane's Eye.

“For everyone who loves Nantucket Island this is the indispensable book.” —Russell Baker

In his first book of history, 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.

Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of In the Heart of the Sea, winner of the National Book Award; Mayflower, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Bunker Hill, winner of the New England Book Award; Sea of Glory; The Last Stand; Why Read Moby Dick?; and Away Off Shore. He lives in Nantucket. His new book, Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution, will be published in May 2016.

ISBN: 9780143120124

ISBN-10: 9780143120124

Publisher: Penguin Books

Publication Date: 04/26/2011 - 12:00am

On Sale: 04/26/2011 - 12:00am

Pages: 352

Language: English


History / United States / State & Local / New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)

History / United States / Colonial Period (1600-1775)

History / Modern / 17th Century