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The Perfect Storm A True Story of Men Against the Sea (Hardcover)

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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 039304016X
ISBN-13: 9780393040166
Sku: 30057160
Publish Date: 5/1/1997
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 1T
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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". When it struck in October 1991, there was virtually no warning. "She's comin' on, boys, and she's comin' on strong", radioed Captain Billy Tyne of the Andrea Gail off the coast of Nova Scotia, and soon afterward the boat and its crew of six disappeared without a trace. In a narrative taut with the fury of the elements, Sebastian Junger takes us deep into the heart of the storm, depicting with vivid detail the courage, terror, and awe that surface in such a gale. Junger illuminates a world of swordfishermen consumed by the dangerous but lucrative trade of offshore fishing - "a young man's game, a single man's game" - and gives us a glimpse of their lives in the tough fishing port of Gloucester, Massachusetts; he recreates the last moments of the Andrea Gail crew and recounts the daring high-seas rescues that made heroes of some and victims of others; and he weaves together 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 leaves us with the taste of salt air on our tongues and a breathless sense of what it feels like to be caught, helpless, in the grip of a force of nature beyond our understanding or control. We know, on the strength this stark and compelling journey into the dark heart of nature, what it feels like to drown.
Sebastian Junger's thrilling narrative account of a 1991 storm in the North Atlantic and the plight of the crew on the Andrea Gail was a huge bestseller. Junger tells of the lives of the fishermen and of the town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and includes much lore about fishing, the fishing industry, and the science of sea and weather. He also charts the daring attempts by members of various rescue agencies who braved intense weather conditions to find and rescue those lost at sea.
Author Bio
Sebastian Junger
Sebastian Junger attended Wesleyan University, where he studied cultural anthropology. He struggled for many years as a writer while holding down low-paying, low-prestige jobs waiting on tables, working in construction, and cutting down trees in people's backyards. The germ for what was to become THE PERFECT STORM was a newspaper article about a fishing boat disaster. Junger wrote an outline which he showed to publishers, reportedly receiving a $35,000 advance. THE PERFECT STORM was on the New York Times bestseller list for over 120 weeks and was made into a feature film in 2000. Junger is a widely sought-after writer and is able to select his topics, preferring articles on human rights and foreign locales. He has been associated with Vanity Fair magazine and the National Geographic. Junger moved to Manhattan in 1995, invested in a bar with some friends, and maintains a house on Cape Cod, which is where he wrote his bestseller.


New York Times Book Review
"Sebastian Junger declares that his own confrontation with the storm was limited to standing on the backshore of Gloucester, watching 30-foot swells approach Cape Ann. But he clearly went on to experience it through the words of the storm's survivors and those connected with the Andrea Gail. Interviewing them must have been a difficult, even intrusive job, but the result is thrilling--a boat ride into and (for us) out of a watery hell." - Anthony Bailey 06/22/1997

Literary Review
"While the story recreates the fate of one particular boat, the book as a whole gives a fascinating insight into the workings of the sea and the lives of the men who earn a living from it." - Paddy Sutton September 1997

Washington Post Book World
"Superb...told with authority, brio and deep sympathy for those in peril on the sea."

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