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Nathaniel Philbrick

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in Boston, The United States


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Philbrick was Brown’s first Intercollegiate All-American sailor in 1978; that year he won the Sunfish North Americans in Barrington, RI; today he and his wife Melissa sail their Beetle Cat Clio and their Tiffany Jane 34 Marie-J in the waters surrounding Nantucket Island.

After grad school, Philbrick worked for four years at Sailing World magazine; was a freelancer for a number of years, during which time he wrote/edited several sailing books, including Yaahting: A Parody (1984), for which he was the editor-in-chief; during this time he was also the primary caregiver for his two children. After moving to Nantucket in 1986, he became interested in the history of the island and wrote Away Off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People. He was offer

My memoir, SECOND WIND, is a personal tale of how, as a 36-year-old stay-at-home dad on Nantucket, I launched a comeback as a Sunfish racer, training for the championship I’d won 15 years earlier. Originally published in 1999 by a small New England press, this brand new edition features a new preface. While many of the books I’ve written explore America’s relationship with the sea, SECOND WIND ...

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“Hope was all that stood between them and death.”
Nathaniel Philbrick, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

“Melville's example demonstrates the wisdom of waiting to read the classics. Coming to a great book on your own after having accumulated essential life experience can make all the difference.”
Nathaniel Philbrick, Why Read Moby-Dick?

“We interact with one another as individuals responding to a complex haze of factors: professional responsibilities, personal likes and dislikes, ambition, jealousy, self-interest, and, in at least some instances, genuine altruism. Living in the here and now, we are awash with sensations of the present, memories of the past, and expectations and fears for the future. Our actions are not determined by any one cause; they are the fulfillment of who we are at that particular moment. After that moment passes, we continue to evolve, to change, and our memories of that moment inevitably change with us as we live with the consequences of our past actions, consequences we were unaware of at the time.”
Nathaniel Philbrick, The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn


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