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

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"There is nothing imaginary about Junger's book; it is all terrifyingly, awesomely real." —Los Angeles Times

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.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 28, 1997 – In meteorological jargon, a "perfect storm" is one unsurpassed in ferocity and duration--a description that fits the so-called Halloween Gale of October 1991 in the western Atlantic. Junger, who has written for American Heritage and Outside, masterfully handles his account of that storm and its devastation. He begins with a look at the seedy town of Gloucester, Mass., which has been sliding downhill ever since the North Atlantic fishing industry declined, then focuses his attention on the captain and the five-man crew of the Andrea Gail, a swordfishing vessel. He then charts the storm--particularly formidable because three storms had converged from the south, the west and the north--that created winds up to 100 miles an hour and waves that topped 110 feet. He reconstructs what the situation must have been aboard the ship during the final hours of its losing battle with the sea, and the moments when it went down with the loss of all hands. He recaps the courageous flight of an Air National Guard helicopter, which had to be ditched in the ocean--leaving one man dead while the other four were rescued--then returns to Gloucester and describes the reaction to the loss of the Andrea Gail. Even with the inclusion of technical information, this tale of the "Storm of the Century" is a thrilling read and seems a natural for filming. BOMC main selection and QPB selection; Reader's Digest Today's Best Nonfiction selection; first serial to Esquire; $235,000 paperback floor; simultaneous Random House Audio; British rights: Fourth Estate.

Customer Reviews

Read this book for class!👌🚢⚓

In meteorology class we are reading this and I just can't get focused and interested! There's just a lot of skipping back and forth through time periods and it's hard to focus on it. Some parts are really good and some parts are really boring! The actually story, not the explanations of things, is interesting though! I'd give the movie 5 ⭐! 👍

One of my favorite books ever

Don't compare this book to the movie at all. This book had me captivated from beginning to end. It was a great story and incredibly fun to read and informative.

So interesting!

What an awesome read! Sebastian Junger tells a compelling story of fishermen's lives, and the true respect we should have for the raw power of nature. I'm not usually one for reading about facts and details but I found them so interesting in this book. I was so intrigued to learn some of the 'behind the scenes' info about fishing. Must read!

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea
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  • Category: Nature
  • Published: May 17, 1997
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Seller: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
  • Print Length: 240 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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