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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; 1st Penguin Edition edition (29 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140437967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140437966
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Thomas Philbrick is professor emeritus of English at the University of Pittsburgh. Nathaniel Philbrickis a leading authority on the history of Nantucket Island. His "In the Heart of the Sea" won the National Book Award. His latest book is "Sea of Glory," about the epic U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838 1842. His other books include "Away off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People, 1602-1890" (which "Russell Baker" called "indispensable") and "Abram's Eyes: The Native American Legend of Nantucket Island" ("a classic of historical truthtelling," according to "Stuart Frank," director of the Kendall Whaling Museum). He has written an introduction to a new edition of "Joseph Hart"'s "Miriam Coffin, or The Whale Fisherman," a Nantucket novel (first published in 1834) that "Melville" relied upon for information about the island when writing "Moby Dick."Philbrick, a champion sailboat racer, has also written extensively about sailing, including "The Passionate Sailor" (1987) and the forthcoming "Second Wind: A Sunfish Sailor's Odyssey." He was editor in chief of the classic "Yaahting: A Parody" (1984).In his role as director of the Egan Institute of Maritime Studies, Philbrick, who is also a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association, gives frequent talks about Nantucket and sailing. He has appeared on "NBC Today Weekend," A&E's "Biography" series, and National Public Radio and has served as a consultant for the movie "Moby Dick," shown on the USA Network. He received a bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Master of Arts in American Literature from Duke. He lives on Natucket with his wife and two children."


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This book brings together most of the source material that Melville could have seen before he wrote the book Moby Dick, which was inspired by the loss of the ship Essex.

Thomas Nickerson's story laid unpublished in an attic for over 100 years and it does throw some new light on the tale.

Nickerson's frank and often perceptive view of his colleagues gives us much insight of the cameraderie that was bound around sailors lives back in the early 17th century. His sensativity to others plights, adds to the story, and makes the adventure much more human.

An excellent read and still quite awe inspiring after all these years.

Mick Henry
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An interesting account of the sinking of a boat. There are several different accounts, and I enjoyed comparing them. Highly recommended.
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good book
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