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.

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

Book Details

  • Paperback, Rough Front - Edge: Deckle, Feather, Uncut
  • 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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Endorsements & Reviews

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

“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

“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

“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

“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

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

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