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SLCL’s Westfall Series Presents Award-Winning Historian Nathaniel Philbrick

Press Release

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 10:00a.m.
The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series is pleased to present acclaimed historian and bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick for a discussion and signing of his book “Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution” on Wednesday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m.
The event will take place at Library Headquarters (1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.) The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Barnes & Noble.
In “Bunker Hill,” Nathaniel Philbrick, award-winning and bestselling author of “In The Heart of the Sea” and “Mayflower,” brings his prodigious talents to the story that ignited the American Revolution. With passion and insight, Philbrick reconstructs the revolutionary landscape–geographic and ideological–in a mesmerizing narrative of the robust, messy and blisteringly real origins of America.
For most of us the American Revolution is about the Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence, and how George Washington led the colonies through the decade-long struggle that ultimately led to the formation of the United States. Lost in this account of the slow march toward liberty is the truly cataclysmic nature of how the revolution began: the interplay of ideologies and personalities that provoked a group of merchants, farmers, artisans and sailors to take up arms against their own country.
With his precise sense of the unexplored side of mythic events, Philbrick turns his keen eye to pre-Revolutionary Boston and the gradual up-tick of tension that climaxed in June 1775 with the Battle of Bunker Hill, the first major battle of what became the American Revolution and the War of Independence.
Nathaniel Philbrick is The New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning “In the Heart of the Sea,” Pulitzer Prize finalist “Mayflower,”” Sea of Glory,” and “The Last Stand.” “Bunker Hill” won the 2013 New England Book Award for Non-Fiction.
The program with Nathaniel Philbrick is a St. Louis County Library ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series presentation. The Westfall series features authors of politics, current issues, history, and sports. The series is co-sponsored by Jack Dubinsky and Sons; McMahon Berger; Sachs Properties; Brown Smith Wallace LLC; Royal Banks of Missouri; St. Louis Business Journal; Midwest Library Service; The Booksource; Ivey-Selkirk Auctioneers; S.M. Wilson & Co.; and Stifel, Nicolaus.