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

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After its release in 1997, The Perfect Storm was an immediate hit, rocketing in a matter of days to the top of bestsellers lists across the country. But once there, The Perfect Storm found itself locked in a Mark MacGuire vs. Sammy Sosa style battle for the top slot with another powerhouse, Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air. And just as the dramatic race between MacGuire and Sosa breathed new life into baseball, these two books, each brilliantly recounting a dramatic story of people facing epic disaster, together inspired the current national obsession for adventure literature. Where Krakauer's book, about the fatal 1996 expedition to the top of Mt. Everest spawned a shelf full of books about mountain climbing, Sebasian Junger's The Perfect Storm has inspired renewed interest in the power of the sea.

As implied in its title, the protagonist of The Perfect Storm is a storm, possibly the most powerful and elegant in recorded history. But, of course, what makes the story of this storm so compelling is the human drama that plays out in its shadow. In October, 1991, a crew of six headed out from Gloucester, Massachusetts in a small commercial fishing vessel, the Andrea Gail. Fatefully, the ship was heading straight toward the 120 mph winds and 100 foot waves of the "storm of the century." They never came back. Junger, a journalist by training, recounts the story of the doomed crew and the storm they encountered in meticulous detail. But he also brings to the story a thriller writer's talent for creating driving narrative. This is undoubtedly why The Perfect Storm found such a wide audience. It is not only a fascinating lesson in meteorology and a detailed ethnography of modern fishermen, it is also one of the most compelling portraits in recent years of an ancient preoccupation: human vulnerability in the face of nature's overwhelming power. Martin, Powells.com

Publisher Comments:

October, 1991. It was "the perfect storm" — a tempest that may happen only once 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 towards the storm's hellish center.

Review:

"Powerful....Gripping." New York Times

Review:

"A journalistic triumph, the perfect meeting of the awesome power of a storm at sea and our fascination with it." Arizona Republic

Review:

"Junger's fine dramatic style is complemented by a wealth of details that flesh out the story: wave physics and water thermoclines; what it means if you see whitewater outside your porthole; where the terms mayday, ill-wind, and down East came from. Reading this gripping book is likely to make the would-be sailor feel both awed and a little frightened by nature's remorseless power." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"A harrowing tale of tragedy and struggle, of great heroics, and of circumstances and situations beyond the ocntrol of any of the players." Sailing

Review:

"There is nothing imaginary about Junger's book; it is all terrifyingly, awesomely real." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"The book builds as the storm builds, full of wonderful detailed and to-the-point information, always powered by a stern suspense." Newsday

Review:

"Impeccable research...supports this solid account. Junger expertly braids together the individual histories of the six-member crew of the doomed Andrea Gail with those of the economically depressed fishing town of Gloucester, Mass., and various New England fisheries. In lesser hands this amount of detail could sink a narrative. But here it comes together as a seamless chronicle in which weather itself emerges as the protagonist. Junger relates facts on everything from the physics of waves to the science of hurricanes....Despite all of its detail, however, what ultimately makes this a unique and admirable book is its portrayal of individual lives." Judith Bolton-Fasman, The Christian Science Monitor

Review:

"The pages of this book crunch with salt....Good reading." Boating

Synopsis:

In October 1991, three weather systems collided off the coast of Nova Scotia to create a storm of singular fury--the perfect storm. This nationally bestselling account of some victims of that storm, the doomed crew of the "Andrea Gail", is now a specially priced hardcover with movie-art bellyband. The new summer-release film stars George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, and Diane Lane.

Synopsis:

Sebastian Junger's thrilling narrative account of a 1991 storm in the North Atlantic and the plight of the crew on the Andrea Gail was a huge bestseller. Junger tells of the lives of the fishermen and of the town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and includes much lore about fishing, the fishing industry, and the science of sea and weather. He also charts the daring attempts by members of various rescue agencies who braved intense weather conditions to find and rescue those lost at sea.

Synopsis:

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 towards its hellish center.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393050325
Subtitle:
A True Story of Men Against the Sea
Author:
Junger, Sebastian
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Specific Groups
Subject:
Ships & Shipbuilding - Shipwrecks
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
New england
Subject:
Shipwrecks
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Subject:
Regional Subjects - New England
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
June 2000
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
227
Dimensions:
8.68x5.80x.95 in. .99 lbs.

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Product details 227 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393050325 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Powerful....Gripping."
"Review" by , "A journalistic triumph, the perfect meeting of the awesome power of a storm at sea and our fascination with it."
"Review" by , "Junger's fine dramatic style is complemented by a wealth of details that flesh out the story: wave physics and water thermoclines; what it means if you see whitewater outside your porthole; where the terms mayday, ill-wind, and down East came from. Reading this gripping book is likely to make the would-be sailor feel both awed and a little frightened by nature's remorseless power."
"Review" by , "A harrowing tale of tragedy and struggle, of great heroics, and of circumstances and situations beyond the ocntrol of any of the players."
"Review" by , "There is nothing imaginary about Junger's book; it is all terrifyingly, awesomely real."
"Review" by , "The book builds as the storm builds, full of wonderful detailed and to-the-point information, always powered by a stern suspense."
"Review" by , "Impeccable research...supports this solid account. Junger expertly braids together the individual histories of the six-member crew of the doomed Andrea Gail with those of the economically depressed fishing town of Gloucester, Mass., and various New England fisheries. In lesser hands this amount of detail could sink a narrative. But here it comes together as a seamless chronicle in which weather itself emerges as the protagonist. Junger relates facts on everything from the physics of waves to the science of hurricanes....Despite all of its detail, however, what ultimately makes this a unique and admirable book is its portrayal of individual lives."
"Review" by , "The pages of this book crunch with salt....Good reading."
"Synopsis" by , In October 1991, three weather systems collided off the coast of Nova Scotia to create a storm of singular fury--the perfect storm. This nationally bestselling account of some victims of that storm, the doomed crew of the "Andrea Gail", is now a specially priced hardcover with movie-art bellyband. The new summer-release film stars George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, and Diane Lane.
"Synopsis" by , Sebastian Junger's thrilling narrative account of a 1991 storm in the North Atlantic and the plight of the crew on the Andrea Gail was a huge bestseller. Junger tells of the lives of the fishermen and of the town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and includes much lore about fishing, the fishing industry, and the science of sea and weather. He also charts the daring attempts by members of various rescue agencies who braved intense weather conditions to find and rescue those lost at sea.
"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 towards its hellish center.
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