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B.A., Brown University, 1978; M.A., Duke University
National Book Award for Nonfiction for In the Heart of the Sea, 2000; The Revenge of the Whale named Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association, 2002
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|In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex|
From our editors: "In the stirring climax to Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, the whaleship Pequod is sunk in an epic battle with a giant white whale. Contemporary readers, however, might not realize that Melville's fiction was based on an actual event: the 1821 sinking of the Nantucket whaleship Essex by an enormous sperm whale. Nathaniel Philbrick's In the Heart of the Sea details the ill-fated journey of the Essex, illuminating a terrifying drama not included in Moby-Dick -- the fate of the survivors after their ship was sunk."
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