Nathaniel Philbrick Writes Nonfiction Books That Read Like Thrillers


The Wall Street Journal called my guest, Nathaniel Philbrick, "one of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction."

A scholar, a sailor, and a master storyteller, Philbrick is the author of 11 books, including bestsellers In the Heart of the Sea (which was adapted into a movie by Ron Howard), Mayflower (a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize), and Bunker Hill. 

On the show, he talks to us from his home on Nantucket island about his latest book, In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown. Philbrick uncovers all sorts of surprising facts about the final years of the Revolutionary War, including how it was won at sea by the (shudder) French!

He also shares his fascinating origin story, offers some writing tips, and confesses to having the same paranoia and self-doubts about writing that we all have. You're not alone. To learn more about Philbrick, visit

Jonathan SmallComment