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Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essexby Nathaniel Philbrick
Synopses & Reviews
In 1820, the Essex was rammed by an enraged sperm whale and sunk in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. As the ship went down, the twenty-man crew, many of whom were teenagers, piled into three leaky boats with minimal supplies and little hope. Yet three months later, eight of the men were rescued. How these young men overcame starvation, dehydration, and the maddening fear of a vengeful whale is an adventure that was famous in the nineteenth century and that thrills readers to this day.
Now Nathaniel Philbrick brings that adventure to life for young readers. Including maps, diagrams, and an eight-page photo insert, Revenge of the Whale will keep readers on the edge of their seats as it recounts the shocking ordeal these brave men endured.
Philbrick brings to life the tale of how, in 1820, the "Essex" was rammed by an enraged sperm whale and sunk in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Only eight of the men survived after months in a leaky lifeboat. The book includes maps, diagrams, and an 8-page photo insert.
"Philbrick has carefully adapted and abridged his adult title, In the Heart of the Sea. He tells the story of the Nantucket whaleship Essex, which sank in the Pacific in November 1820, after being deliberately rammed twice by an apparently enraged sperm whale.... With this masterful adaptation, Philbrick's work fills a void.
About the Author
Nathaniel Philbrick, is a leading authority on the history of Nantucket Island. His In the Heart of the Sea won the National Book Award. His latest book is Sea of Glory, about the epic U.S. Exploring Expedition of 18381842. His other books include Away off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People, 1602-1890 (which Russell Baker called "indispensable") and Abram's Eyes: The Native American Legend of Nantucket Island ("a classic of historical truthtelling," according to Stuart Frank, director of the Kendall Whaling Museum). He has written an introduction to a new edition of Joseph Hart's Miriam Coffin, or The Whale Fisherman, a Nantucket novel (first published in 1834) that Melville relied upon for information about the island when writing Moby Dick. Phillbick's Why Read Moby-Dick? was a finalist for the New England Society Book Award.
Philbrick, a champion sailboat racer, has also written extensively about sailing, including The Passionate Sailor (1987) and Second Wind: A Sunfish Sailor's Odyssey. He was editor in chief of the classic Yaahting: A Parody (1984).
In his role as director of the Egan Institute of Maritime Studies, Philbrick, who is also a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association, gives frequent talks about Nantucket and sailing. He has appeared on "NBC Today Weekend", A&E's "Biography" series, and National Public Radio and has served as a consultant for the movie "Moby Dick", shown on the USA Network. He received a bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Master of Arts in American Literature from Duke. He lives on Natucket with his wife and two children.
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