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 control.

Winner of the American Library Association's 1998 Alex Award.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 140 x 211 x 18mm | 200g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 8 pages of illustrations
  • 0393337014
  • 9780393337013
  • 75,552

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"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
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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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92,446 ratings
4.08 out of 5 stars
5 36% (33,677)
4 40% (37,391)
3 19% (17,485)
2 3% (2,939)
1 1% (954)
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