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Tom McCarthy - Author

About the Author

Tom McCarthy was born in 1969 and grew up in London. His creation, in 1999, of the International Necronautical Society (INS), a 'semi-fictitious organisation' that combines literature, art and philosophy, has led to publications, installations and exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world, from Tate Britain and the ICA in London to Moderna Museet in Stockholm and The Drawing Center in New York. Tom regularly writes on literature and art for publications including The New York Times, The London Review of Books and Artforum.

 

Below is a Q&A with this author.

 

1) What led you into writing?
 I always wanted to write.
 
2) What was your earliest career aspiration?
 To be Shakespeare. I wrote 'Macbeth, by Tom McCarthy' aged 7.
 
3) Can you describe your book Men in Space and its inspiration in thirty words?
 It's about disintegration – of all types – in the wake of the collapse of communism in Prague.

 4) Do you have any plans for your next book (C)?
 It's about technology and mourning.
 
5) What has been the most exciting moment in your career?
 Having my first novel, on its initial limited release by a small art press, reviewed at length in the Times Literary Supplement. I hadn't expected that, and knew that nothing would be the same again.
 
6) What are you reading right now?
 Your questions.
 
7) If you could have dinner with any three people, past or present, who would they be?
 They'd be characters, not writers: one of Sade's libertines, Huysmans's Des Esseintes, Melville's Queequeg.
 
8) Which period in history would you most like to have lived through?
 I'd have liked to be a regular at Warhol's Factory. Or the French Revolution.
 
9) If your house was on fire, which three books would you save from the flames?
 My copy of Finnegans Wake; my diary from when I was eight (best thing I've ever written); my copy of The Sound and the Fury.
 
10) What do you do to relax?
 Look out of my twelfth-floor window.

Featured books by Tom McCarthy

Satin Island

Satin Island

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/03/2015

His employers advise everyone from big businesses to governments, and, to this end, expect their 'corporate anthropologist' to help decode and manipulate the world around them - all the more so now that a giant, epoch-defining project is in the offing. Instead, U. spends his days procrastinating, meandering through endless buffer-zones of information and becoming obsessed by the images with which the world bombards him on a daily basis: oil spills, African traffic jams, roller-blade processions, zombie parades. Is there, U. wonders, a secret logic holding all these images together - a codex that, once cracked, will unlock the master-meaning of our age? Might it have something to do with South Pacific Cargo Cults, or the dead parachutists in the news? Perhaps; perhaps not.

Remainder

Remainder

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/03/2011

Traumatised by an accident which involves something falling from the sky and leaves him eight and a half million pounds rich but hopelessly estranged from the world around him, Remainder's hero spends his time and money obsessively reconstructing and re-enacting vaguely remembered scenes and situations from his past: a large building with piano music in the distance, the familiar smells and sounds of liver frying and spluttering, lethargic cats lounging on roofs until they tumble off them...But when this fails to quench his thirst for authenticity, he starts reconstructing more and more violent events, as his repetition addiction spirals out of control.

Other books by Tom McCarthy

Great American Sailing Stories Lyons Press Classics

Great American Sailing Stories Lyons Press Classics

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2018

Few people would want to test their mettle in an ice-encrusted boat with an Arctic explorer, sail the Straits of Magellan with Joshua Slocum, or watch with Owen Chase as an angry whale sends his ship to the bottom, thousands of miles from the nearest land. But it's quite another thing to read these true accounts while settled into a favorite chair. Rich in drama and history, Great American Sailing Stories will entertain, inform, and inspire-these are enduring stories that have attracted generations of readers.

Ed Ruscha Course of Empire

Ed Ruscha Course of Empire

Author: Tom McCarthy, Daniel Herrmann Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2018

Over the span of his six-decade career, Ed Ruscha (b. 1937) has created a distinctively stylized vision of the modern American landscape of gas stations, highways, and industrial buildings. Incorporating text, stark typography, and commercial logos, the artist's multivalent images both portray and interrogate the contemporary world's relentlessly packaged environment. By placing Ruscha's celebrated Course of Empire-a ten-painting installation originally created for the 2005 Venice Biennale-in dialogue with Thomas Cole's five-picture cycle The Course of Empire from the 1830s, this catalogue offers a fresh perspective on each of these disparate masterpieces. Unlike Cole's grandiose vision of the rise and fall of classical civilization, Ruscha's work comprises five black-and-white Los Angeles landscapes made in 1992 paired with color representations of the same sites as they appeared ten years later and draws attention to how often-overlooked changes in the evolving urban landscape are redolent of economic might and globalization or decline and stagnation.

The Greatest Medal of Honor Stories Ever Told

The Greatest Medal of Honor Stories Ever Told

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2018

In The Greatest Medal of Honor Stories Ever Told, editor Tom McCarthy has pulled together some of the finest writings about heroes awarded the highest military honor that capture readers imaginations. The one thing the heroes in this collection have in common-from the bloody battlefields of the Civil War through the lonely mountains of Afghanistan-is uncommon valor. Each of the men in these stories had the courage to calmly stare death in the face and move on-to do what they had to because that was their duty and the lives of others meant more to them than their own. Chosen from hundreds of accounts of singular devotion to duty, the stories in Medal of Honor stand out for their jaw-dropping tales of bravery. They are the best. No small feat.

Great American Shipwreck Stories Lyons Press Classics

Great American Shipwreck Stories Lyons Press Classics

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2018

Great American Shipwreck Stories is a magnificent collection of gripping accounts of a ship's encounter with a great whale or an overwhelming monsoon or a disastrous passage through the Straits of Magellan, leading to a wreck and a crew's harrowing plight for survival on the open seas or on a desert island. Capturing all the elements of ancient and powerful tragedy, this book is chockful of thrilling tales of survival - as well as a frightful examination of man's darkest impulses - which allow the reader a gruesome glimpse behind the veil of honor and bravery that history often ascribes to such men of the sea. These are all stories that have endured the test of time, and have attracted discerning readers for generations. Includes stories by George Byron Merrick, Owen Chase, Henry Cabot Lodge, Theodore Roosevelt, Riley Brown, J. S. Ogilvie, Horace Holden, and many others.

The Greatest Air Combat Stories Ever Told

The Greatest Air Combat Stories Ever Told

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2017

In The Greatest Air Combat Stories Ever Told, the editor has compiled the finest tales of heroism and valor in the skies over the battlefield! It is an unforgettable collection, and includes stories by Baron Manfred Von Richthofen, Len Deighton, Jay A. Stout, and many others. It includes tales of legendary aces from the Great War up through the present day, and is the newest title in the Greatest Stories series.

Astounding Sea Stories Fifteen Ripping Good Tales

Astounding Sea Stories Fifteen Ripping Good Tales

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/08/2017

1789 April: Just before sun-rising, Mr. Christian, with the master at arms, gunner's mate, and Thomas Burket, seaman, came into my cabin while I was asleep, and seizing me, tied my hands with a cord behind my back and threatened me with instant death if I spoke or made the least noise. So began William Bligh's explanation of the infamous mutiny aboard the Bounty. His account of his capture and his phenomenal navigation of a small boat filled with men desperate to survive is one of the greatest sailing stories ever told. It is just one account readers will find in Astounding Sea Stories--many that have been sitting unread for decades. Some are from master writers whose deserved fame rests on works and characters who lived far from the sea. Here are sea stories from Jack London, his first published work, written miles from the frozen north that he loved and wrote about often--and from Charles Dickens without Scrooge, Victor Hugo far from Paris, and Arthur Conan Doyle on the deck of a ship without Sherlock or Watson. All are hidden gems that make you wish they had written and the sea and ships. Here also are marquee names like Melville and Richard Henry Dana, the official report of the sinking of the Titanic, a first-person account of the wreck of the Medusa, and a story by an unknown captain written after his ship was sunk by a whale. Imagine that. This eclectic collection will not disappoint any armchair seafarer.

Great American Adventure Stories Lyons Press Classics

Great American Adventure Stories Lyons Press Classics

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2017

An extraordinary collection of fifteen stories that celebrate America's unquenchable thirst for excitement, Great American Adventure Stories contains page-turning accounts of the Galveston Hurricane, the Alaska Gold Rush, a robbery featuring Jesse James, an eyewitness account of the Johnstown flood, and much more. For a taste of the American frontier, Daniel Boone and famed scout Kit Carson depict what they saw and experienced as the country expanded and blossomed in the West. These accounts all have one thing in common: They capture the grit and spirit of people who made America what it is today.

The Greatest Coast Guard Rescue Stories Ever Told

The Greatest Coast Guard Rescue Stories Ever Told

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2017

A first-ever compilation of the most courageous and stunning Coast Guard rescue stories. The Coast Guard is one of the nation's five military services, which exist to defend and preserve the United States, and the Coast Guard's rescue personnel are second to none. In The Greatest Coast Guard Rescue Stories Ever Told, the editor has pulled together some of the finest writings about air and sea rescues that capture readers imaginations. It is an unforgettable collection, a new title in the series that includes: *The Greatest Special Ops Stories Ever Told *The Greatest Sniper Stories Ever Told *The Greatest Air Aces Stories Ever Told

Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish

Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/05/2017

metamorphosen 16 - Gespenster

metamorphosen 16 - Gespenster

Fur den Autor Tom McCarthy ist der langsam wachsende, graue "e;Buffering-Balken"e; das Symbol fur das Gespenst gewordene Noch-nicht des digitalen Contents. Als Noch-nicht ist auch der im Entstehen begriffene Text so ein Mittelding, und ein Mittel: etwa um Paranoia zu bannen und Gespenster, oder was uns sonst noch so heimsucht. Die Vorstellung von Gegenwart als einer gebufferten also, als Stream, und der Text als Problem zwischen der Retrobewegung (als Ausweg?) einerseits und dem Loop dessen, was "e;sich verfangt und wust modert"e; andererseits. In diesem Heft soll es um die Gespenster gehen, das Verweigern von Ratio und diverse Wiederganger. Dieses Vorwort ist das Noch-nicht dieser Ausgabe und gewissermaen ihr Buffer-Symbol.

Remainder

Remainder

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2016

Traumatized by an accident which involves something falling from the sky and leaves him eight and a half million pounds richer but hopelessly estranged from the world around him, Remainder's hero spends his time and money obsessively reconstructing and re-enacting vaguely remembered scenes and situations from his past: a large building with piano music in the distance, the familiar smells and sounds of liver frying and spluttering, lethargic cats lounging on roofs until they tumble off them...But when this fails to quench his thirst for authenticity, he starts reconstructing more and more violent events, as his repetition addiction spirals out of control.

The Greatest Sniper Stories Ever Told

The Greatest Sniper Stories Ever Told

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2016

In The Greatest Sniper Stories Ever Told, editor Tom McCarthy has pulled together some of the finest writings about snipers that capture readers imaginations, meticulously culled from books, magazines, movies, and elsewhere. It is an unforgettable collection, and includes stories by Chris Kyle (author of American Sniper), Joe LeBleu, Gina Cavallaro and Matt Larsen, and many others. It includes tales of legendary snipers from the Revolutionary War up through present-day Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Greatest Special Ops Stories Ever Told

The Greatest Special Ops Stories Ever Told

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2016

In The Greatest Special Ops Stories Ever Told, editor Tom McCarthy has pulled together some of the finest writings about Special Operations that capture readers imaginations, meticulously culled from books, magazines, movies, and elsewhere. It is an unforgettable collection, and includes stories by Marcus Luttrell (author of Lone Survivor), Mark Owen (author of No Easy Day: the Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden), William Morgan, Christian McBurney, James Otis, H. Beam Piper, Duane Schultz, Hampton Sides, Michael Haas, Ben S. Malcolm, and many others. It includes legendary tales from the French and Indian Wars up through present-day Afghanistan and Iraq.

Incredible Pirate Tales Nineteen Classic Stories Of The Outlaws Of The High Seas

Incredible Pirate Tales Nineteen Classic Stories Of The Outlaws Of The High Seas

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2016

From Long John Silver to Captain Hook, Blackbeard to Captain Kidd, pirates are the stuff of legend. Storylines have been based on these terribly charismatic cutthroats for decades, with varying degrees of fact thrown in. Incredible Pirate Tales captures the most audacious tales of actual and fictional characters who took up the black flag and a life of crime on the high seas. The second edition offers even more daring adventures for its audience.

Satin Island

Satin Island

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/03/2016

U. is a 'corporate anthropologist' who, while working on a giant, epoch-defining project no one really understands, is also tasked with writing the Great Report on our society. But instead, U. spends his days procrastinating, meandering through endless buffer-zones of information and becoming obsessed by the images with which the world bombards him on a daily basis: oil spills, African traffic jams, roller-blade processions. Is there a secret logic holding all these images together? Once cracked, will it unlock the master-meaning of our era? Might it have something to do with the dead parachutists in the news? Perhaps; perhaps not.

Recessional - Or, the Time of the Hammer

Recessional - Or, the Time of the Hammer

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2016

WIN THE PRESENTATION GAME

WIN THE PRESENTATION GAME

Author: Tom McCarthy, David Hutchison Format: eBook Release Date: 07/07/2015

PART ONE: Create an Engaging Story- ideas for developing and delivering dynamic content that instantly hooks your audience. Everyone loves a great story! PART TWO: Feel Like a Winner!-ways to get yourself feeling confident, energized, and ready to go in front of anyone. Theres simply nothing more important than how you feel. PART THREE: Energize Your Audience-strategies for getting and holding your audiences attention, staying connected, and moving people to action.

Remainder

Remainder

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/03/2011

Traumatised by an accident which involves something falling from the sky and leaves him eight and a half million pounds rich but hopelessly estranged from the world around him, Remainder's hero spends his time and money obsessively reconstructing and re-enacting vaguely remembered scenes and situations from his past: a large building with piano music in the distance, the familiar smells and sounds of liver frying and spluttering, lethargic cats lounging on roofs until they tumble off them...But when this fails to quench his thirst for authenticity, he starts reconstructing more and more violent events, as his repetition addiction spirals out of control.

Satin Island

Satin Island

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/03/2015

His employers advise everyone from big businesses to governments, and, to this end, expect their 'corporate anthropologist' to help decode and manipulate the world around them - all the more so now that a giant, epoch-defining project is in the offing. Instead, U. spends his days procrastinating, meandering through endless buffer-zones of information and becoming obsessed by the images with which the world bombards him on a daily basis: oil spills, African traffic jams, roller-blade processions, zombie parades. Is there, U. wonders, a secret logic holding all these images together - a codex that, once cracked, will unlock the master-meaning of our age? Might it have something to do with South Pacific Cargo Cults, or the dead parachutists in the news? Perhaps; perhaps not.

American Dream Stories Elements of Success

American Dream Stories Elements of Success

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/06/2014

Pirates! Classic Tales Of Treasure, Mayhem, And High Seas Skullduggery

Pirates! Classic Tales Of Treasure, Mayhem, And High Seas Skullduggery

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2014

Here are fifteen thrilling stories that have long been unabatedly popular with readers of all ages. Stories that are, in turn, dramatic, exciting, and eminently readable.These are stories that will transport readers to a long-forgotten world inhabited by some of history's most notorious pirates-both fictional and real-life. These are tales of hidden treasures, kidnapping, murder, intrigue and betrayal-and above all else, adventure.Blackbeard, Long John Silver, buccaneers, and Captain Blood-long forgotten tales from such authors as Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Dolye, and James Fenimore Cooper-the gritty adventure and skullduggery of pirates that has been a staple of adventure tales for hundreds years. Pirates! continues the tradition.Readers will learn the pirate's code from an actual 1700s document, that states, If any man shall lose a Joint in times of an engagement, shall have 400 Pieces of Eight; if a limb, 800. And that Man that shall strike another whilst these Articles are in force, shall receive Mose's Law [that is 40 stripes lacking one] on the Bare back. Readers have long turned to the sea as a backdrop for escape. Who doesn't love a tale of pirates, and duplicity, and hidden treasures? All of these stories have endured the test of time and await a new generation of readers.

Mapping It Out An Alternative Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies

Mapping It Out An Alternative Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2014

Over 130 leading lights from different fields - artists, architects, writers and designers, geographers, mathematicians, computer pioneers, scientists - make sense of exterior and interior worlds through highly personal and imaginative maps and charts. Some have translated scientific data into simplified visual language, while others have condensed vast social, political or natural forms into concise diagrams. Many have reworked existing maps to subvert their original purpose or to present an alternative view of reality. Others play with the map's commitment to truth by plotting invented worlds and charting imaginative flights of fancy. Going further, some offer entirely new kinds of map - or even reject the map's claim to bear facts altogether. In the introduction, acclaimed novelist Tom McCarthy reflects on the relationship between maps, literature and knowledge, while Hans Ulrich Obrist closes the book by considering the territory of maps from the perspective of the arts and philosophy.

To the Sea Again Classic Sailing Stories

To the Sea Again Classic Sailing Stories

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2014

Few people would want to test their mettle in an ice-encrusted boat with Ernest Shackleton, sail the Straits of Magellan with Joshua Slocum, or watch with Owen Chase as an angry whale sends his ship to the bottom, thousands of miles from the nearest land. But it's quite another thing to read these true accounts while settled into a favorite chair. Shackleton and Chase persevered in the face of travails that would have given even Job pause. Their stoic accounts are stronger and more dramatic for their total lack of affection, their frankness, and their lack of ego. Their gripping stories are custom made for the imaginative reader who seeks adventure in a more controlled environment, safe and warm, and well fed. Civilized readers with their armchairs anchored firmly to the living room floor. Rich in drama and history, here are fifteen stories that will entertain, inform, and inspire--enduring stories that have attracted generations of readers. With contributions from: William Shakespeare Aaron Smith Joseph Conrad Erskine Childers Joshua Slocum James Fenimore Cooper Herman Melville Richard Henry Dana Jerome K. Jerome Edgar Allan Poe Richard Hakluyt Robert Louis Stevenson Owen Chase Ernest Shackleton

Transmission and the Individual Remix

Transmission and the Individual Remix

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: eBook Release Date: 07/06/2012

Listen...A set of signals has been pulsing, repeating, modulating in the airspace of literature...This essay is an invitation to listen to those signals, as they travel through and shape the work of Aeschylus and Ovid, Rilke, Conrad, Burroughs, Joyce and others. To retune our idea of what a writer does, of what the very act of writing 'is'. To rethink literature itself along the lines of transmission and reception, signal and noise...Listen: two times. I repeat...Message ends.

Transmission and the Individual Remix

Transmission and the Individual Remix

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: eBook Release Date: 04/06/2012

Sub-titled "e;How Literature Works"e; this essay by the renown novelist is a provocative and entertaining work of postmodern theory that re-evaluates literature and literary meaning from Aeschylus to Kraftwerk. A VINTAGE EBOOK ORIGINAL.Tom McCarthy is one of the most vital young voices in contemporary literature, and in this essay he identifies the signals that have been repeating, pulsing, modulating in the airspace of the novel, poem, playin their lines, between them and around them--since each of these forms began. Tom takes us back to the Greeks and the origins of literary meaning to show that information, rather than being a natural or abstract phenomenon, is always based in artificial media--in ones and zeros, dots and dashes, signals and noise. He takes us through Ovid, Rilke, Conrad, Joyce, Beckett, and others to re-imagine the very idea of what a writer does, and what the act of writing is. Rather than praising individual creative genius, Tom re-tunes our ears to the crackle of information as it has passed through the feedback loop of literary culture.

Tintin and the Secret of Literature

Tintin and the Secret of Literature

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2011

Herge's Tintin cartoon adventures have been translated into more than fifty languages and read by tens of millions of children aged, as their publishers like to say, 'from 7 to 77'. Arguing that their characters are as strong and their plots as complex as any dreamt up by the great novelists, Tom McCarthy asks a simple question: is Tintin literature? McCarthy takes a cue from Tintin himself, who spends much of his time tracking down illicit radio signals, entering crypts and decoding puzzles and suggests that we too need to 'tune in' and decode if we want to capture what's going on in Herge's work. What emerges is a remarkable story of hushed-up royal descent in both Herge's work and his own family history. McCarthy shows how the themes this story generates - expulsion from home, violation of the sacred, the host-guest relationship turned sour and anxieties around questions of forgery and fakeness - are the same that have fuelled and troubled writers from the classical era to the present day. His startling conclusion is that Tintin's ultimate 'secret' is that of literature itself. Appearing on the eve of the release of a major Steven Spielberg Tintin film, Tintin and the Secret of Literature should be avidly devoured by not only Tintin lovers but also by anyone with an interest in literature, philosophy or art.

Auto Mania Cars, Consumers, and the Environment

Auto Mania Cars, Consumers, and the Environment

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2009

The twentieth-century American experience with the automobile has much to tell us about the relationship between consumer capitalism and the environment, Tom McCarthy contends. In Auto Mania he presents the first environmental history of the automobile that shows how consumer desire (and manufacturer decisions) created impacts across the product lifecycle-from raw material extraction to manufacturing to consumer use to disposal. From the provocative public antics of young millionaires who owned the first cars early in the twentieth century to the SUV craze of the 1990s, Auto Mania explores developments that touched the environment. Along the way McCarthy examines how Henry Ford's fetish for waste reduction tempered the environmental impacts of Model T mass production; how Elvis Presley's widely shared postwar desire for Cadillacs made matters worse; how the 1970s energy crisis hurt small cars; and why baby boomers ignored worries about global warming. McCarthy shows that problems were recognized early. The difficulty was addressing them, a matter less of doing scientific research and educating the public than implementing solutions through America's market economy and democratic government. Consumer and producer interests have rarely aligned in helpful ways, and automakers and consumers have made powerful opponents of regulation. The result has been a mixed record of environmental reform with troubling prospects for the future.

Men in Space

Men in Space

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/05/2008

Set in a Central Europe rapidly fragmenting after the fall of Communism, Men in Space follows a cast of dissolute Bohemians, political refugees, football referees, deaf police agents, assassins and stranded astronauts as they chase a stolen icon painting from Sofia to Prague and beyond. The icon's melancholy orbit is reflected in the various characters' ellipses and near misses as they career vertiginously through all kinds of space: physical, political, emotional and metaphysical. What emerges is a vision a world in a state of disintegration.

Ghost Pirates And Other Tales Of The High Seas

Ghost Pirates And Other Tales Of The High Seas

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2007

Ghosts. Pirates. Put the two together and you've got a winning combination of the most exciting stories ever written. It's enough to make anyone say, Shiver me timbers --with delight.The spirits of Davy Jones's locker have a long and colorful history among sailors and lovers of literature. From Daniel Defoe's The Four Years Voyages of Capt. George Roberts to Thomas Smollet's The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle to Washington Irving's Adventures of the Black Fisherman, ghost pirates swashbuckle in and out of the scene, stealing the souls of the doomed and frightening the innocent. Prepare yourself for a thrilling ride.

Incredible Tales of the Sea Twelve Classic Sailing Stories

Incredible Tales of the Sea Twelve Classic Sailing Stories

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2005

Few people would want to test their mettle in an ice-encrusted boat, round the Horn in a blinding storm, begin viewing a crewmate as their next possible meal, or sail uncharted seas on the edge of the abyss. But it's quite another thing to read these true accounts while settled into a favorite chair. Many sailors have persevered in the face of travails that would have given even Job pause. Their stoic accounts are stronger and more dramatic for their total lack of affectation, their frankness, and their lack of ego. The fifteen gripping stories in Incredible Tales of the Sea are custom made for the imaginative reader who seeks adventure in a more controlled environment, safe and warm, and well fed. The oceans of the world have provided both setting and inspiration for each of these unique stories. Each tale has stood the test of time, each has endured, because each is a masterful portrayal of life and death and suspense afloat.

Baseball in Trenton

Baseball in Trenton

Author: Tom McCarthy Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2003