Away Off Shore by Nathaniel Philbrick
Nantucket Island and Its People, 1602-1890

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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.

About Nathaniel Philbrick

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NATHANIEL PHILBRICK is the bestselling author of Mayflower, In the Heart of the Sea, and Sea of Glory. He lives in Nantucket.
Published April 26, 2011 by Penguin Books. 352 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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