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Meteorologists called the storm that hit North America's eastern seaboard in October 1991 a "perfect storm" because of the rare combination of factors that created it. For everyone else, it was perfect hell. In The Perfect Storm, author Sebastian Junger conjures for the reader the meteorological conditions that created the "storm of the century" and the impact the storm had on many of the people caught in it. Chief among these are the six crew members of the swordfish boat the Andrea Gail, all of whom were lost 500 miles from home beneath roiling seas and high waves. Working from published material, radio dialogues, eyewitness accounts, and the experiences of people who have survived similar events, Junger attempts to re-create the last moments of the Andrea Gail as well as the perilous high-seas rescues of other victims of the storm.
Like a Greek drama, The Perfect Storm builds slowly and inexorably to its tragic climax. The book weaves the history of the fishing industry and the science of predicting storms into the quotidian lives of those aboard the Andrea Gail and of others who would soon find themselves in the fury of the storm. Junger does a remarkable job of explaining a convergence of meteorological and human events in terms that make them both comprehensible and unforgettable.
The powerfully destructive forces of nature that created the Halloween Gale of 1991 are made vivid through interviews with survivors, families, and Coast Guard rescue crews.True adventure at its best
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I knew nothing about gigantic storms on the open ocean, nor the lives (hard at play, harder at work) of commercial fisherman. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2013 by F. Tang
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. Read morePublished on April 8 2005 by NorthVan Dave
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... Read more
9 OF 10 ADVENTURE STORIES (INC. WAR STORIES)i find lacking & Mr. Junger & His perfect storm qualifies. Read morePublished on July 9 2004
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,... Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by J. Jacobs
The Perfect Storm is a fascinating true tale of one tragic journey of the commercial fishing boat, the Andrea Gail, which sunk during the "storm of the century. Read morePublished on March 21 2004
I saw the movie first and enjoyed. Wish I would of read the book first. The book has some history on navegation and explanation of weather conditions. Read morePublished on March 17 2004 by Al Rodrigo
The Perfect Storm is a great book that tells a story about a fishing boat and the storm of the century.It takes place on Halloween which is kinda spooky. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004
THE PERECT STORM is a great book that tells a story about a fishing boat and the storm of the century.It takes place on halloween which is kinda spooky. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004