The Perfect Storm : A True Story of Men Against the Sea
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.
- Paperback | 248 pages
- 142.24 x 203.2 x 22.86mm | 249.47g
- 29 Jun 2009
- WW Norton & Co
- New York, United States
- 8 pages of illustrations
"The pages of this book crunch with salt." -- Boating "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 "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
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.