The Perfect Storm: A True Story Of Men Against The Sea by Sebastian JungerThe Perfect Storm: A True Story Of Men Against The Sea by Sebastian Junger

The Perfect Storm: A True Story Of Men Against The Sea

bySebastian Junger

Paperback | June 2, 2009

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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.

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.
Title:The Perfect Storm: A True Story Of Men Against The SeaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.3 × 5.4 × 0.6 inPublished:June 2, 2009Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393337014

ISBN - 13:9780393337013

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from exhausting this book was so tiring to read , you knew what was coming and were kept on egde the whole time
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad I watched the movie a while ago and when I heard there was a book I decided to try it out. The movie was pretty close to how the book went and I appreciate that the author didn't try and make up what happened to them but instead stick to the facts as close as possible. The other parts were interesting in hearing about the Coast Guard rescues etc. Where I gave it lower stars is because it was hard to tell when people were talking because there was no distinction from the other parts. The technical and nautical lingo also went over my head and made for some long and boring parts but other then that it wasn't bad.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping I read this book many years after having seen the movie. While the movie is entertaining, the book is much more gripping. Sebastian Junger tells the story of the Andrea Gail (as seen in the movie), but he also goes into the history of fishing in New England, life on board a fishing boat, and life in a town like Gloucester. None of these were topics I was really into before reading this book, but Junger writes in such a way that I was hooked throughout the entire book. You get a true feel for the people he is writing about, and it'll haunt you long after you've finished reading.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Perfect Read! The 1991 movie was good but the book source is entralling. Sebastian Junger intertwines the storm of the century and the loss of the fishing boat, Andrea Gail with insights on fishing, maritime meteorology and rescue operations. A sad tale of loss of life with a reminder that despite the natural beauty of the ocean, the waters of the Atlantic have killed fishermen, sailors and coastal populations for millenia. .
Date published: 2011-03-22

Editorial Reviews

Every boater is drawn to storm-at-sea stories, and this one beats them all. — Philadelphia InquirerRich, 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 TimesRiveting…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 GlobeHarrowing, relentless…and thoroughly enjoyable. — Kansas City StarA 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 SobelOne 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'BrianA 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 DealerThe pages of this book crunch with salt. — Boating