The Perfect Storm

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

By (author) Sebastian Junger


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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 control.

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 142.24 x 203.2 x 22.86mm | 249.47g
  • 29 Jun 2009
  • WW Norton & Co
  • New York
  • English
  • 8 pages of illustrations
  • 0393337014
  • 9780393337013
  • 180,420

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Author Information

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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"Every boater is drawn to storm-at-sea stories, and this one beats them all." "Ferociously dramatic and vividly written... It's an indelible experience." "Harrowing, relentless ... and thoroughly enjoyable." "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." "The pages of this book crunch with salt."

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