Away Off Shore
Nantucket Island and Its People, 1602-1890
(Penguin, ISBN: 978-0143120124)
The history of Nantucket Island has too often been reduced to a collection of quaint legends and warmed-over whaling tales. In contrast, Nathaniel Philbrick’s Away Off Shore focuses on the real people (great and obscure, famous and infamous) behind one of America’s most extraordinary success stories: Nantucket, the tiny island that became the whaling capital of the world.