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"Fascinating...One of our country's great adventure stories...when it comes to extremes, In the Heart of the Sea is right there."--The Wall Street Journal

"A book that gets in your bones...Philbrick has created an eerie thriller from a centuries old tale....Scrupulously researched and eloquently written...it would have earned Melville's admiration."--The New York Times Book Review

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Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of In the Heart of the Sea, winner of the National Book Award; Mayflower, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Bunker Hill, Valiant Ambition; Sea of Glory; The Last Stand; Why Read Moby Dick?; and Away Off Shore. He lives in Nantucket.  

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  • Publisher : Penguin Books; Reissue edition (May 1, 2001)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0141001828
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0141001821
  • Lexile measure : 1210L
  • Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
  • Dimensions : 7.9 x 5.2 x 1 inches
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