Away Off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People, 1602?1890 (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Apr 26, 2011 - History - 352 pages
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“For everyone who loves Nantucket Island this is the indispensable book.” —Russell Baker

Nantucket is a tiny island with a huge history. In his first book of history, Away Off Shore, New York Times-bestselling author 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.

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User Review  - Fariba - Goodreads

I read this book after finishing Moby-Dick. This work included short biographies about leading figures in 18th and 19th century Nantucket. One figure who stood out to me was Peleg Folger, a whaleman ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sue - Goodreads

I wish it was longer! Read full review


Maushop Roqua Wonoma and Autopscot
3 Thomas Macys Great Escape
4 Tristram Coffin Country Squire
King Philip John Gibbs and Peter Folger
The Revolt
7 The Whaling Legacy of Ichabod Paddock
8 Mary Starbuck High Priestess of the Company Store
11 Peleg Folger the Poet Whaleman
12 Kezia Coffins Revolutionary Rise and Fall
From Jethro Coffin to William Rotch
William Coffin and the Bank Commons and School Wars
Obed Starbuck and George Pollard
Of Color on the Grey Lady
17 Maria Mitchell the Provincial Cosmopolitan
18 F C Sanford the Mythmaker

9 Richard Macy the Master Builder
The Hireling Timothy White

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About the author (2011)

Nathaniel Philbrick, is 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. Phillbick's Why Read Moby-Dick? was a finalist for the New England Society Book Award.

Philbrick, a champion sailboat racer, has also written extensively about sailing, including The Passionate Sailor (1987) and 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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