Why Read Moby-Dick?

Sep 19, 2013

Friday, we're talking about why you should read "Moby-Dick." Our guide is the historian Nathaniel Philbrick, whose award-winning book "In the Heart of the Sea" told the story of the real-life shipwreck that inspired Melville's novel. Philbrick says "Moby-Dick" is as close to an American Bible as we have. It's eloquently written, it's full of wisdom and you can return to it again and again. Nathaniel Philbrick joins us to share his passion for one of our nation's great literary works. (Rebroadcast)

Hey time traveler! If it's 2018, you're probably here to find out more the Utah Opera production of Moby-Dick. It runs Jan 20 | 22 | 24 | 26 | 28, and you can get all the details at utahopera.org


  • Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of numerous books including The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn [Amazon/Indiebound] and In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex [Amazon/Indiebound], which won the 2000 National Book Award. His book is called Why Read Moby-Dick? [Amazon/Indiebound]