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The Perfect Storm

by Sebastian Junger

The Perfect Storm Synopsis

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. The Perfect Storm 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. Winner of the American Library Association's 1998 Alex Award.

The Perfect Storm Press Reviews

The pages of this book crunch with salt. -- Boating One reads with the most intense concern, anxiety and concentration; and if one knows anything at all about the sea one feels the absolutely enormous strength of the hurricane winds and the incredibly towering mass of the hundred-foot waves. -- Patrick O'Brian A terrifying, edifying read...Readers...are first seduced into caring for the book's doomed characters, then compelled to watch them carried into the jaws of a meteorological hell. Junger's compassionate, intelligent voice instructs us effortlessly on the sea life of the sword-fisherman, the physics of a sinking steel ship, and the details of death by drowning. -- Dava Sobel Harrowing, relentless...and thoroughly enjoyable. -- Kansas City Star Riveting...The natural upheaval holds center stage and acts as a character, but the story converges upon human beings-in this case, the six-man crew of the doomed Gloucester swordfishing boat Andrea Gail. -- Boston Globe Rich, compassionate characterization, as well as taut, suspenseful prose. A tale that doesn't skimp on facts, yet keeps you turning pages from beginning to end. -- Seattle Times Every boater is drawn to storm-at-sea stories, and this one beats them all. -- Philadelphia Inquirer

Book Information

ISBN: 9780393337013
Publication date: 26th June 2009
Author: Sebastian Junger
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 248 pages
Categories: True stories of heroism, endurance & survival,

About Sebastian Junger

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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