“For everyone who loves Nantucket, this is the indispensable book.”
Russell Baker

“Nathaniel Philbrick has written a gem of a book. Away Off Shore is meticulously detailed, filled with fine anecdotes, and a fascinating look at a fascinating place.”
H.G. Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights

“Local in setting, but global in scope, Nathaniel Philbrick’s Away Off Shore is simply the best comprehensive history of Nantucket yet published. It is a scholarly and scrupulously documented volume, but so well written it reads like a riveting novel. Anyone interested in America’s history should read this brilliant, truly fresh, and unbiased account of Nantucket’s past.”
Wesley N. Tiffney, Jr., Ph.D., Director Univ. of Mass. Nantucket Field Station

“Through careful research Nathaniel Philbricktests the authenticity of Nantucket’s oral history, reinforces the significant interpretations of its documented record, and offers fresh insights with sensitivity and humor. The excellent, readable chapter notes are sure to motivate further exploration.”
Helen Wonslow Chase, Historian, Nantucket Historical Association