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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton; 1 edition (April 25 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039304016x
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393040166
  • ASIN: 039304016X
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (846 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #377,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Carey on June 16 2004
Format: Hardcover
Those who make a living catching fish from the ocean are always placing themselves at great risk. They often spend several weeks out in the ocean on a relatively small vessel (usually less than 100 feet in length), hoping that they will land that once- in- a- lifetime catch of fish that will improve their financial well- being.
When things go as planned, the life of a fisherman can be adventurous and rewarding. But when the search for sea- dwelling creatures is interrupted by a violent storm, a fun situation can turn critical and even fatal. Such is the case of the men and women who became stranded at sea in the "storm of the century", back in October of 1991. Also referred to as the "perfect storm", this violent act of nature left many people dead without a trace. Author Sebastian Junger wrote this book about the people who were aboard these boats, with quotes from some of the survivors and speculation about what could have happened to those who never returned.
The "Perfect Storm" occurred in the North Atlantic Ocean, just east of the New England states, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. This area is not normally known for producing violent storms, due to its northern latitude. This sudden turn in the weather took everyone by surprise, including those who were out at sea. They had no forewarning about the intensity of this storm, which seemed to brew up out of nowhere. Most of the captains and crew members have dealt with storms before so they knew what procedures to follow. But nothing could properly prepare them for the massive force with which they were suddenly faced.
Junger spends most of this book talking about the people who manned these boats, the events leading up to when they set sail, and the storm itself.
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Format: Paperback
I knew nothing about gigantic storms on the open ocean, nor the lives (hard at play, harder at work) of commercial fisherman.

I still know, essentially, nothing, but thanks to this tautly written book (think modern day Hemmingway prose) my respect for both subjects has risen considerably.

Mr. Junger touches on the lives of all who were impacted and exposits a great deal of related, possibly tangential but no less interesting, information. He gives you a real appreciation for Mother Nature's fury and mankind's determination.

The initial read was engrossing - subsequent reads are still a joy to behold.
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By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on Sept. 2 2006
Format: Hardcover
Just as John A. McPhee outlines the history of oranges in the book "Oranges", Sebastian Junger outlines "Men Against the Sea."

In the very beginning of the book Sebastian Junger tells you that this is not a novel or a fictionalization of the events of the last moments of the Andrea Gail. He believes if you read any fiction that you would doubt the parts that are real facts. To this end He has includes many pieces of information about men against the sea; He describes the sea, equipment needed to deal with the sea and the lifestyle of the men who deal with the sea.

Now some people may find his writing style has a feeling of tedium, tedium, and t-e-d-i-u-m. I find it just being through enough to not leave out any piece of information to tie this all together. How ever you may have to make an effort to continue through it.

Also Like John McPhee, Sebastian Junger actually was writing about different dangerous jobs and magazine articles when he sold this book before it was put together. He struggled to balance this between a sort of documentary and thrill of the story. I think he did a good job.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is part weather report, part fisherman's tale, and part climatological lesson. On their own, chances are the book would have been a flop. But throw them together, and add a spice of human interest, and you have the makings of a great book.
Sebastian Junger does a nice job of writing about a storm that took place off the coast of New England, and the effects it had on the community. And although one might thing a story about a storm might be kind of dull, the storm is really the main character of the book. Every detail on what goes into turning your average run-of-the-mill storm into a 'perfect' storm is well researched and well written. And perhaps most importantly, it is written in such a manner so that the average read isn't lost in a lot of scientific talk.
No matter what your background is, if weather is something that interests you, and on some levels weather and its causes and effects interests everyone, this book is worthwhile reading.
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Format: Hardcover
Regardless of personal choice, this book is an outstanding piece of journalism.
The loss of the men in which you began to love as brothers, sons or friends; The tragedy of the fisherman; The bravery of the rescue services and the relentlessness of the most powerful force on Earth are all drawn together in a devistating and incredible tale.
Forget the film - it's more than just disappointing in comparrison. The Perfect Storm is a modern classic and i'd recommend it without hesitation.
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By J. Jacobs on April 11 2004
Format: Paperback
Very detailed and moving account of the sinking of a ship off the coast of Massachusetts. Paints a very clear picture of the power and unpredictability of the sea and the weather, and what options humans have when they become caught in it. Occasionally overdid the technical information, but overall, a very vivid and good book.
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