Away Off Shore - Nathaniel Philbrick

Away Off Shore

By Nathaniel Philbrick

  • Release Date: 2011-04-26
  • Genre: United States
Score: 4
From 20 Ratings


A book about a tiny island with a huge history, from the New York Times bestselling author of Valiant Ambition and In the Hurricane's Eye.

“For everyone who loves Nantucket Island this is the indispensable book.” —Russell Baker

In his first book of history, 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.


  • Away off shore

    By History of Nantucket
    This is a wonderfully written history. The descriptions of the people who developed and changed our island from 1660 to today provide a great base for understanding the island and our people today. For anyone who spends time on Nantucket this is well worth reading