New York Times bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick to speak at Greenwich Library

The Greenwich Library will host an evening with author Nathaniel Philbrick on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., in the Cole Auditorium. Philbrick will discuss his latest book, Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution.

The Distinguished Authors Series at Greenwich Library presents world-renowned authors to the Greenwich community. Seating is limited and registration is required. Event registration begins Monday, Oct. 24 at

Valiant Ambition is a complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation. The focus is on loyalty and personal integrity, evoking a Shakespearean tragedy that unfolds in the key relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold. Arnold is the impulsive but sympathetic hero whose misfortunes at the hands of self-serving politicians fatally destroy his faith in the legitimacy of the rebellion. Washington is the leader with the unmatched ability to rise above the petty politics of his time to win the war.

About Nathaniel Philbrick

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Philbrick earned a BA in English from Brown University and an MA in America Literature from Duke University, where he was a James B. Duke Fellow. He was Brown University’s first Intercollegiate All-American sailor in 1978.

After working as an editor at Sailing World magazine he moved to Nantucket with his family and researched and published several books about the island’s history.  

In 2000, Philbrick published the New York Times bestseller, In the Heart of the Sea, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction and inspired several film and television versions.

His next book, Sea of Glory, was published in 2003 and won the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize and the Albion-Monroe Award from the National Maritime Historical Society. The New York Times bestseller Mayflower, published in 2006, is currently in development as a limited series on FX.

In 2010, he published the New York Times bestseller The Last Stand, which was named a New York Times Notable Book, among other major awards. The book is currently being adapted for a ten hour, multi-part television series. Visit

The Distinguished Authors Series is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Registration is required. Register online using the Library calendar beginning Monday, October 24. For more information contact Joseph Williams at [email protected], call (203) 622-7961 or visit

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