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Reviews

“Nathaniel Philbrick demonstrates once again that he is a masterly storyteller…As a writer, I’m envious of Philbrick’s talents, but as a reader, I’m grateful.” — Thomas E. Ricks, The New York Times Book Review

“Nathaniel Philbrick’s masterful new look at the American Revolutionary War’s end days isn’t quite revisionist history, but it comes close. With both hands, he grabs the reader’s head and turns it towards the sea…. It’s a startling take on a familiar history that one might expect from this author.”—NPR.org

“It is another Philbrick masterpiece that will engage and entertain readers for generations.”—Military History Magazine

“A tense, richly detailed narrative of the American Revolution”—Kirkus Reviews

“Philbrick follows up his previous popular history illuminating lesser-known aspects of the Revolutionary War with another insightful and accessible account…This thought-provoking history will deepen readers’ understanding of how the U.S. achieved its independence.”Publishers Weekly, starred Review

“Historian Philbrick is one of the most prominent popular-history writers in print today, and he will have another hit with this chronicle of the events that led to the French navy joining in to achieve a decisive victory for the newly coalescing United States in its War of Independence from Great Britain in 1781. All readers interested in the Revolutionary War, and especially fans of naval history, will find Philbrick’s fresh account rewarding, right through the epilogue describing what happened to many of the key figures going forward.” —Booklist

“Drawing on letters, journals and sea logs, Philbrick manages to impart the immediacy of breaking news to his descriptions of marches, skirmishes and battles. From describing crucial shifts in the wind during naval conflicts to detailing the unimaginable horror of war wounds, he places the reader in the midst of the fray … In the Hurricane’s Eye is illustrated with an array of useful maps and a section that reveals what happened to the principal American, French and British players after the war.” — BookPage

“A gripping narrative about the year that won the Revolutionary War.”New York Post

“Magnificent… Philbrick’s writing is just superb, and while he manages to incorporate many marvelous and little known stories and vignettes, the book reads almost like a Tom Clancy thriller, with political intrigue, international machinations, and suspense keeping the pages turning even if the reader is already basically familiar with the story…. This book will delight, educate, and entertain while it brings to light the genius, chance, and sacrifice that finally brought about America’s independence.”—NY Journal of Books

“Readers of Revolutionary War history will be enrapt by the blow-by-blow detail of this lively narrative, which is supported by countless letters and journal entries from key participants.”—Library Journal 

“…told with all the zest and eloquence [Philbrick’s] millions of readers have come to expect. Philbrick is right to observe that this epic afternoon of cannon fire on the coastal sea-lanes is largely overlooked in popular accounts of the Revolution; In the Hurricane’s Eye is exactly the kind of rousing narrative account it deserves.”Christian Science Monitor

“The author, an accomplished popular historian whose previous books include Mayflower and In the Heart of the Sea, excels when writing about sailors and the ocean. He vividly renders the interplay of skill and chaos in naval combat by massive fleets, as well as the fury of hurricanes…In the Hurricane’s Eye delivers on the author’s promise to ‘put the sea where it properly belongs: at the center of the story.’”—Wall Street Journal

“[IN THE HURRICANE’S EYE] is probably the first time that a historian has provided a fresh account of the Battle of Chesapeake in such detail…This well-researched book is packed with new knowledge and perspectives on the Battle of Chesapeake and the Revolutionary War. No matter how much you know about the history of the Revolutionary War, IN THE HURRICANE’S EYE will certainly add to your knowledge.” Washington Book Review

“With IN THE HURRICANE’S EYE, Philbrick strives ‘to put the sea where it properly belongs: at the center of the story.’ He is eminently qualified to do so, being both an accomplished sailor and an author who has written brilliantly on maritime history. That he is also able to bring life and suspense to the land portion of the war makes for a complete and satisfying picture of one of America’s greatest achievements.” —Chapter 16

“Philbrick’s magnificent capstone of his trilogy of books about the Revolutionary War sheds light on lesser-known aspects of the last year of the conflict that led to the near miraculous Franco-American victory in Yorktown…This meticulously researched reinterpretation of the Revolutionary War offers a much-needed balanced presentation…It is a vivid, richly detailed account of the final battles that educates and entertains…Nathaniel Philbrick’s writing is impeccable. The book incorporates many little-known vignettes about the war and reads like a thriller.”The Missourian

“The final book in [Philbrick’s] trilogy on the American Revolution, showcases the same research and storytelling skills that made the first two books, Bunker Hill and Valiant Ambition, successful. Philbrick brings a third strength to In the Hurricane’s Eye a personal understanding of sailing — and how elements like wind direction and currents could change the course of sea warfare in the days before steam and diesel engines.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Philbrick illuminates how a combination of innovative sailing and good fortune led to victory in the Chesapeake for the mostly-French ships, which were a couple changes of wind direction away from losing everything.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“A great read. In true Philbrick style, it features a flowing narrative with engaging details and interesting anecdotes about America’s struggle to gain its independence while providing insight into Washington’s brilliance as one of the leading military commanders of his era.” The Patriot Ledger

“Nathaniel Philbrick has written another masterwork of narrative history with flowing prose and exciting descriptions of the events leading up to the climactic Battle of Yorktown in 1781… IN THE HURRICANE’S EYE is eminently satisfying and thoroughly engrossing. Philbrick’s keen eye for detail and smooth writing style makes this book a treasure for serious history fans and casual readers alike.” — Providence Journal

“Philbrick tells the tale with vivid detail and action…In the Hurricane’s Eye is a fine addition to Philbrick’s past sea stories and a strong conclusion to his American Revolution books.” — Valdosta Daily Times

“Philbrick is a consummate storyteller. He adds a human element to the granite statues of our national narrative, without toppling those statues. He shows the famous, the infamous, and the unknown foot soldiers in the light of their own personalities.” — The Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror

“Revolutionary triumph…Adding a sailor’s perspective, Philbrick writes deftly, with enough military analysis to satisfy the interested reader.” —The Guardian

“A tension-filled and riveting account of the alliance that assured American independence. Philbrick is a master of narrative, and he does not disappoint as he provides a meticulous and often hair-raising account of a naval war between France and England and a land war that pitted American and French troops against British regulars and Loyalist volunteers…Philbrick offers finely drawn portraits of men whose characters shaped history.” —The Washington Post

“[Philbrick] brings to historical events lots of little ironies and bits of both humor and tragedy that are fascinating…There’s so much to like and enjoy about a book of this caliber. Nathaniel Philbrick remains one of our better writers of American history.” —The Mercury

“At its core, of course, this is a story of America’s independence; but the lesson for us today is the vital importance of allies, partners, and friends in the world — even for our uniquely powerful nation. [A] cautionary tale and vivid guidepost to understanding the risks and opportunities of the 21st century.” —James Stavridis, PhD; Admiral, US Navy (Retired); Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, 2009-2013; Dean Emeritus, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Dean, 2013-2018)