Big news! LibraryThing is now free to all! Read the blog post and discuss the change on Talk.
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
14,638 (18,315)4991,157 (4.08)320
17th century (99) 19th century (212) adventure (356) America (84) American (120) American history (860) American Revolution (187) Antarctica (257) audiobook (93) biography (185) cannibalism (83) Colonial America (77) exploration (332) history (2,564) maritime (156) maritime history (122) Massachusetts (148) Mayflower (158) Moby Dick (110) Nantucket (153) Native Americans (111) nautical (132) New England (189) non-fiction (1,778) own (79) Pilgrims (235) read (166) Revolutionary War (88) sailing (98) sea (140) shipwreck (103) shipwrecks (108) survival (279) to-read (824) travel (110) unread (94) US history (161) USA (167) whales (90) whaling (373)

Nathaniel Philbrick has 1 media appearance.

Nathaniel Philbrick
Booknotes, Sunday, January 25, 2004
Nathaniel Philbrick discusses Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842.

—from the publisher's website In 1838, the U.S. government launched the largest discovery voyage the Western world had ever seen-6 sailing vessels and 346 men bound for the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Four years later, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, or Ex. Ex. as it was known, returned with an astounding array of accomplishments and discoveries: 87,000 miles logged, 280 Pacific islands surveyed, 4,000 zoological specimens collected, including 2,000 new species, and the discovery of the continent of Antarctica. And yet at a human level, the project was a disaster-not only had 28 men died and 2 ships been lost, but a series of sensational courts-martial had also ensued that pitted the expedition's controversial leader, Lieutenant Charles Wilkes, against almost every officer under his command. Though comparable in importance and breadth of success to the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Ex. Ex. has been largely forgotten. Now, the celebrated Nathaniel Philbrick re-creates this chapter of American maritime history in all its triumph and scandal. Like the award-winning In the Heart of the Sea, Sea of Glory combines meticulous history with spellbinding human drama as it circles the globe from the palm-fringed beaches of the South Pacific to the treacherous waters off Antarctica and to the stunning beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and, finally, to a court-martial aboard a ship of the line anchored off New York City. (timspalding)… (more)

Nathaniel Philbrick has 48 past events. (show)

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

Member ratings

Average: (4.08)
0.5 3
1 30
1.5 2
2 83
2.5 22
3 521
3.5 211
4 1472
4.5 201
5 1125

Author pictures (2)


(see all 2 author pictures)

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

Nathaniel Philbrick is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.


Nathaniel Philbrick is composed of 9 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 146,643,795 books! | Top bar: Always visible