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Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick is a National Book Award winner and bestselling author of numerous books including Mayflower: A Story of Carnage, Community, and War (Viking 2006); Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution (Viking 2013); and The Last State: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn (Viking 2010).

His latest book, In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown (Viking 2018), was a George Washington Book Prize finalist.

Philbrick’s writing has also appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe. He has appeared on the Today Show, the Morning Show, Dateline, PBS’s American Experience, C-SPAN, and NPR. 

Articles by this Author

The story of the Pilgrims’ journey 400 years ago, and the voyage of Mayflower II in 1957, are still sources of inspiration today.
Largely overlooked in histories of the Revolution, the Battle of the Chesapeake is in fact one of the most important naval engagements in history, leading to the American victory at Yorktown.
It became convenient to portray Benedict Arnold as a conniving traitor, but the truth is more complex. The brilliant general often failed to get credit for his military wins, suffered painful wounds, lost his fortune while others profiteered, and finally gave up on the disorganized and often ineffective efforts to win the American Revolution.
Fate brought Custer and Sitting Bull together one bloody June evening at the Little Bighorn—and marked the end of the Wild West