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The Perfect Storm

A True Story of Men Against the Sea

Sebastian Junger (Author)

 

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.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • June 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33701-3
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 248 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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  1. Book CoverThe Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea

    Hardcover

Awards

Endorsements & Reviews

“Every boater is drawn to storm-at-sea stories, and this one beats them all.” — Philadelphia Inquirer

“Ferociously dramatic and vividly written.... It's an indelible experience.” — Entertainment Weekly

“Harrowing, relentless . . . and thoroughly enjoyable.” — Kansas City Star

“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, author of Longitude

“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 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

“The pages of this book crunch with salt.” — Boating

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