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jksquires, July 9, 2013 (view all comments by jksquires)
Having just read, and loving, Philbrick's latest, Bunker Hill, I picked up a copy of In the Heart of the Sea and was not disappointed. This is a truly amazing story of survival and endurance of the crew of the Essex. Philbrick has a gift of capturing a bygone time and place and thoroughly humanizing it. An excellent read.
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Amanda Scott, January 15, 2012 (view all comments by Amanda Scott)
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It's a horrible tragedy, but it's written beautifully. Lots of description and emotion...I felt like I was right along with these men in their vessels. Historic, heroic, insane, a great story written wonderfully. A highly recommended page turner.
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allisondoke, January 9, 2011 (view all comments by allisondoke)
One of the best books I have ever read. Nathaniel Philbrick is a genius in terms of weaving nonfiction into a gripping tale. This survival story rivals all others.
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mlcrowell, March 21, 2010 (view all comments by mlcrowell)
Mmm... I'm not usually drawn to historical (non)fiction, but I couldn't put this book down. The adventure the characters encounter is deliciously presented. It is a book you might devour.
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itpdx, November 11, 2009 (view all comments by itpdx)
Because Philbrick fills us in on the history of Nantucket whaling, 19th century marine navigation, the effects of dehydration and starvation, you would think this true tale would be ponderous, but instead it is gripping.

"The Essex disaster is not a tale of adventure. It is a tragedy that happens to be one of the greatest true stories ever told."
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ISBN:
9780141001821
Author:
Philbrick, Nathaniel
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Brick, Scott
Author:
Philbrick, Nat
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Ships & Shipbuilding - Shipwrecks
Subject:
Maritime History
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Shipwrecks
Subject:
Pacific ocean
Subject:
Shipwrecks -- Pacific Ocean.
Subject:
Essex (whaleship)
Subject:
Nautical-Ships and Ship History
Subject:
Nautical-Shipwrecks
Subject:
Nautical - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
CD-Audio
Series Volume:
FS-145-00
Publication Date:
20010531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 320 pages PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE - English 9780141001821 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

The heyday of whaling examined through the plight of the Whaleship Essex. This is the best sort of popular history writing.

"Review" by , "A book that gets in your bones...Philbrick has created an eerie thriller from a centuries old tale....Scrupulously researched and eloquently written...it would have earned Melville's admiration."
"Review" by , "Fascinating...One of our country's great adventure stories...when it comes to extremes, In the Heart of the Sea is right there."
"Review" by , "[Told] with verve and authenticity...a classic tale of the sea."
"Review" by , "Nathaniel Philbrick has taken one of the most horrifying stories in maritime history and turned it into a classic....One of the most chilling books I have ever read."
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The riveting and critically acclaimed bestseller, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Ron Howard

Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson will star in a new film based on this National Book Award–winning account of the true events behind Moby Dick.

In 1820, the whaleship Essex was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale, leaving the desperate crew to drift for more than ninety days in three tiny boats. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents and vivid details about the Nantucket whaling tradition to reveal the chilling facts of this infamous maritime disaster. In the Heart of the Sea—and now, its epic adaptation for the screen—will forever place the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon.

"Synopsis" by ,
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Wishaw, and Brendan Gleeson, and directed by Ron Howard.

The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with twenty crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than ninety days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents-including a long-lost account written by the ship's cabin boy-and penetrating details about whaling and the Nantucket community to reveal the chilling events surrounding this epic maritime disaster. An intense and mesmerizing read, In the Heart of the Sea is a monumental work of history forever placing the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon.

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