The Perfect Storm

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

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 142.24 x 203.2 x 22.86mm | 249.47g
  • WW Norton & Co
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 8 pages of illustrations
  • 0393337014
  • 9780393337013
  • 206,676

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"Every boater is drawn to storm-at-sea stories, and this one beats them all." -- Philadelphia Inquirer "Harrowing, relentless ... and thoroughly enjoyable." -- Kansas City Star "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, author of Longitude "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 fascinating book, not just about a storm, but about the hard-drinking, fatalistic lives of commercial fishermen and the families and friends they leave behind with each dangerous voyage." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer "The pages of this book crunch with salt." -- Boatingshow more

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 more