October 18, 2013

Historian Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick

Marcia Franklin talks with maritime writer and historian Nathaniel Philbrick, the speaker at this year's Idaho Humanities Council Distinguished Humanities Lecture. Philbrick is the author of numerous books, including most recently Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution, which looks at the deadliest battle of the American Revolution and how it influenced the birth of our country.

A sailor, Philbrick is also known for his book, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, which introduced readers to the true story behind Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. It won the National Book Award in 2001, and was the basis for an American Experience documentary on PBS in 2011.

Look for a Web Extra for this episode at the IdahoPTV online video player.