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Author Event with Nathaniel Philbrick

October 24, 2018 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Cover of In the Hurricane's EyeNathaniel Philbrick will discuss his new book, In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown.

This event is free but registration is required at philbrickmke.bpt.me. Seating capacity is limited.

In the fall of 1780, after five frustrating years of war, George Washington had come to realize that the only way to defeat the British Empire was with the help of the French navy. But as he had learned after two years of trying, coordinating his army’s movements with those of a fleet of warships based thousands of miles away was next to impossible. And then, on September 5, 1781, the impossible happened. Recognized today as one of the most important naval engagements in the history of the world, the Battle of the Chesapeake, fought without a single American ship, made the subsequent victory of the Americans at Yorktown a virtual inevitability.

In a narrative that moves from Washington’s headquarters on the Hudson River, to the wooded hillside in North Carolina where Nathanael Greene fought Lord Cornwallis to a vicious draw, to Lafayette’s brilliant series of maneuvers across Tidewater Virginia, Philbrick details the epic and suspenseful year through to its triumphant conclusion. A riveting and wide-ranging story, full of dramatic, unexpected turns, In the Hurricanes Eye reveals that the fate of the American Revolution depended, in the end, on Washington and the sea.

Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of multiple books including In the Heart of the Sea, winner of the National Book Award; Mayflower, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Valiant Ambition, winner of the George Washington Prize.

Registration is free for this event at philbrickmke.bpt.me. You can also upgrade to book with registration for $28 (includes admission, book, tax, ticket fee, first in signing line).

Co-sponsored by Boswell Book Company, the American Geographical Society Library, and the Friends of the UWM Golda Meir Library.

Books will be available for purchase and the author will sign books after his talk.


October 24, 2018
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


American Geographical Society Library, UWM Golda Meir Library building, 2311 E. Hartford Ave.
2311 E. Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee, 53211 United States
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