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The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea

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In October 1991, three weather systems collided off the coast of Nova Scotia to create a storm of singular fury, boasting waves over one hundred feet high. Among its victims was the Gloucester, Massachusetts-based swordfishing boat the Andrea Gail, which vanished with all six crew members aboard.

"Drifting down on swimmers is standard rescue procedure, but the seas are so violent that Buschor keeps getting flung out of reach. There are times when he's thirty feet higher than the men trying to rescue him. . . . [I]f the boat's not going to Buschor, Buschor's going to have to go to it. SWIM! they scream over the rail. SWIM! Buschor rips off his gloves and hood and starts swimming for his life."

It was the storm of the century, boasting waves over one hundred feet high a tempest created by so rare a combination of factors that meteorologists deemed it "the perfect storm." When it struck in October 1991, there was virtually no warning. "She's comin' on, boys, and she's comin' on strong," radioed Captain Billy Tyne of the Andrea Gailoff the coast of Nova Scotia, and soon afterward the boat and its crew of six disappeared without a trace.

In a book taut with the fury of the elements, Sebastian Junger takes us deep into the heart of the storm, depicting with vivid detail the courage, terror, and awe that surface in such a gale. Junger illuminates a world of swordfishermen consumed by the dangerous but lucrative trade of offshore fishing, "a young man's game, a single man's game," and gives us a glimpse of their lives in the tough fishing port of Gloucester, Massachusetts; he recreates the last moments of the Andrea Gailcrew and recounts the daring high-seas rescues that made heroes of some and victims of others; and he weaves together the history of the fishing industry, the science of storms, and the candid accounts of the people whose lives the storm touched, to produce a rich and informed narrative. The Perfect Storm is a real-life thriller that will leave readers with the taste of salt air on their tongues and a sense of terror of the deep.

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October 1991. It was the perfect storm--a tempest that may happen only once in a century--a nor'easter created by so rare a combination of factors that it could not possibly have been worse. Creating waves ten stories high and winds of 120 miles an hour, the storm whipped the sea to inconceivable levels few people on earth have ever witnessed. Few, except the six-man crew of the Andrea Gail, a commercial fishing boat tragically headed toward the storm's hellish center.

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A real-life thriller that leaves us with the taste of salt on our tongues and a terror of the deep.

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There is nothing imaginary about Junger's book; it is all terrifyingly, awesomely real.--

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It was the storm of the century, boasting waves over one hundred feet high--a tempest created by so rare a combination of factors that meteorologists deemed it "the perfect storm." In a book that has become a classic, Sebastian Junger explores the history of the fishing industry, the science of storms, and the candid accounts of the people whose lives the storm touched. ? is a real-life thriller that makes us feel like we've been caught, helpless, in the grip of a force of nature beyond our understanding or control.

About the Author

Sebastian Junger is the author of A Death in Belmont and Fire. He has been awarded a National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for journalism. Most recently, he has been reporting on the war in Afghanistan for Vanity Fair. He lives in New York City.

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GiGiTexas, February 4, 2013 (view all comments by GiGiTexas)
This has got to be one of the best books I have ever read. Since it is based on actual events, I knew the story before I read the book; but the explanation of the history of the area - going back to at least the 17th century, a general understanding of how the fishing industry works as well as a background on weather patterns helped me understand the full implications of the events.

Sebastian Junger is one of those rare authors who has the ability to take the reader into the story, feeling what the participants must have felt. Sensing the frustration and impending doom left a lasting impression on me, which has remained with me for several years since I read the book.

I have recommended the book to many friends - and I recommend it to anyone seeking an "unputdownable" book, one that really explains how events come together to explain a historical event.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393337013
Author:
Junger, Sebastian
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Specific Groups - General
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Subject:
Oceans & Seas
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Ecosystems & Habitats - Oceans & Seas
Subject:
Sailing
Subject:
Shipwrecks -- North Atlantic Ocean.
Subject:
Halloween Nor'easter, 1991
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
April 2009
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pages of illustrations
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
8.00x5.10x.70 in. .45 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , October 1991. It was the perfect storm--a tempest that may happen only once in a century--a nor'easter created by so rare a combination of factors that it could not possibly have been worse. Creating waves ten stories high and winds of 120 miles an hour, the storm whipped the sea to inconceivable levels few people on earth have ever witnessed. Few, except the six-man crew of the Andrea Gail, a commercial fishing boat tragically headed toward the storm's hellish center.
"Synopsis" by , A real-life thriller that leaves us with the taste of salt on our tongues and a terror of the deep.
"Synopsis" by , There is nothing imaginary about Junger's book; it is all terrifyingly, awesomely real.--
"Synopsis" by , It was the storm of the century, boasting waves over one hundred feet high--a tempest created by so rare a combination of factors that meteorologists deemed it "the perfect storm." In a book that has become a classic, Sebastian Junger explores the history of the fishing industry, the science of storms, and the candid accounts of the people whose lives the storm touched. ? is a real-life thriller that makes us feel like we've been caught, helpless, in the grip of a force of nature beyond our understanding or control.
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