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Nathaniel Philbrick is a best-selling author of multiple nonfiction books, including the National Book Award-winning “In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whale Ship Essex.” He began his career with a bachelor’s degree in English from Brown University and a master’s degree in American Literature from Duke University. Over the course of his career, he has won numerous prizes for nonfiction, including the Massachusetts Book Award, the New England Book Award and the New England Society Book Award. Some of his notable nonfiction books include “The Last Stand,” about the Battle of Little Bighorn; “Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution,” about one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolution; and “Mayflower,” about the Pilgrims’ first 55 years in New England. His most recent nonfiction book for adults, “Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution,” won the George Washington Book Prize. A section of his 2013 book “Bunker Hill” inspired his first children’s book, “Ben’s Revolution: Benjamin Russell and the Battle of Bunker Hill” (Nancy Paulsen), which follows a boy named Ben in 1775 Boston in the time preceding the titular battle.

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Nathaniel Philbrick

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