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Nathaniel Philbrick discusses his book, “In the Heart of the Sea.” He begins by explaining the tragedy of the Essex, a ship that got attacked by a whale, which inspired Herman Melville to write, “Moby Dick.” Philbrick talks about the whaling town of Nantucket, Massachusetts and it's rich history which combined fisherman, merchants, and religious Quakers. He talks about the final voyage of the Essex, what happened during the whale attack, and how the 8 survivors had to live in small boats for months until they were rescued. He describes how never before had an unprovoked whale attacked a ship, and compares the attacking animal of the Essex to Alfred Hitchcock’s film, “The Birds.” Philbrick compares two stories written by survivors of The Essex and describes how the two accounts of the attack differ. He ends the interview by talking about how his dad used to tell him the story of The Essex as a child, and when he moved to Nantucket he was inspired to write an account of the shipwreck.