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Perfect Storm: A True Story Of Men Against The Sea Hardcover – May 6 1997
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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.
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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
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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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.Read more ›
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.
The movie was a fictionalized account *based* on the book, and the book is a fact-based piecing together of what *most likely* happened to the Andrea Gail in October 1991, when it was caught in a huge storm in the North Atlantic and was never heard from again. Junger uses accounts from other fishermen and sailors, as well as pararescue jumpers (PJ's), Coast Guardsmen and Air National Guardsmen, to paint a vivid picture of what it's like to be caught in a storm that may occur once every hundred years. We don't actually know what became of Tyne and the rest of the crew, but this book gives the best, most-informed guess.
For anyone who IS a sailor and has been caught in dangerous weather, this tale is chilling and relevant. For you Mark Wahlberg and George Clooney fans, go rent the film again and don't bother with the book...although i found them both to be entertaining in very different ways. (For the record, I read the book after having watched the movie)
Great literature it ain't, but a fast and gripping read, it most definitely is. Some great chapters include the details on the PJ's, what it must be like to drown, and the rescue of the four air guardsmen who had to ditch their helicopter. Bravery and courage exemplified...
I really enjoyed reading this book. It showed me some history; the fishing technology used hundreds of years before compared to the technology used today, and also the effects of the "perfect storm". The author also really connects you to the death of many of these fishermen and women, describing what it was like to drown, and what happens to the body as it's drowning. It makes the storm memorable because it tells how people were dying on the ocean and how hundreds of people drowned because of the waves the hurricane made.
I was affected in many ways by this book. I felt for the death of the characters in this novel on different levels, because they weren't just characters made up by the author, they were based on real people. At first, watching the movie, I brushed it all off as not important, but the book helped me to better feel how the characters felt as they were caught in the storm and when they were being rescued. I would recommend this to people who like a little drama and a little history.
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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 Asiago
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
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