SECOND WIND in stores March 6th!

My memoir, SECOND WIND, is a personal tale of how, as a 36-year-old stay-at-home dad on Nantucket, I launched a comeback as a Sunfish racer, training for the championship I’d won 15 years earlier. Originally published in 1999 by a small New England press, this brand new edition features a new preface. While many of the books I’ve written explore America’s relationship with the sea, SECOND WIND explores my own relationship to the water.

Ben’s Revolution, children’s adaptation of Bunker Hill, illustrated by Wendell Minor, out now

Ben’s Revolution, a children’s adaptation of Bunker Hill with beautiful illustrations by Wendell Minor, will be in stores on May 23, 2017. School Library Journal calls the book “a stirring account of the American Revolution, sure to resonate with elementary students.” In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews calls it a “crisp historical vignette.”

Valiant Ambition: available in paperback

VALIANT AMBITION one of WSJ’s “Hottest Spring Books”

The Wall Street Journal has named VALIANT AMBITION: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution to its list of “The Hottest Spring Nonfiction Books.”  My new book will be in stores May 10, 2016.


PW calls VALIANT AMBITION “another triumph”

The Publishers Weekly review of my new book VALIANT AMBITION: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution is in and it’s a rave. The starred review says: “Philbrick’s deep scholarship, nuanced analysis, and novelistic storytelling add up to another triumph.” The new book will be in stores on May 10, 2016.


With the help of the good folks at Viking, I was able to send signed copies of my latest to the officers of the USS BUNKER HILL, a 567-foot CG 52 currently in the Middle East.  Here I’m holding a copy of my book that was signed by all the officers.  Underneath the book is a U.S. flag that was flown in my honor on Feb. 17, 2015 in the Arabian Gulf.  Needless to say, I am humbled and greatly gratified that Captain Sterling Dawley and his officers enjoyed BUNKER HILL.


Bunker Hill is out in paperback

Today’s the day. BUNKER HILL: A City, A Siege, A Revolution is now available in trade paperback.


I’m heading out on a book tour to support the paperback publication. You can see my full tour schedule here. I hope to see some of you at my events.

One Book, One Town—New Canaan

I’m in New Canaan to talk about In the Heart of the Sea as part of the “One Book, One Town” program.  After a walk in Waveny Park I stopped by at Elm Street Books, a terrific independent store right in the middle of town. A couple of days ago I had a fun Skype session with a group of students from the New Canaan High School.

History Quiz Bowl at the Nantucket Whaling Museum

I won’t be able to attend this year’s History Quiz Bowl at the Nantucket Whaling Museum on March 8, but will definitely be there in spirit. I hear most of the questions will be pulled from my book Away Off Shore. It’s really great to have WCAI-FM’s Mindy Todd serving as Quizmaster and Harvey Young of Young’s Bicycle Shop as Audience Ambassador. Nantucket Historical Association always does an amazing job and the event could not be in better hands. For more information, visit:


E-mail Contact Form

It has come to my attention that the e-mail form on the “Contact Us” page of my website was not working properly over the past month or so. Any messages that were sent during that time were not received and are not retrievable. The problem has been rectified. If you were trying to reach us in January via the website’s contact form and did not get a reply, please try again. Apologies for any inconvenience.