This true-life adventure is the incredible story of the wreck of the whaleship "Essex"--an event as mythic in the 18th century as the "Titanic" ...Show synopsisThis true-life adventure is the incredible story of the wreck of the whaleship "Essex"--an event as mythic in the 18th century as the "Titanic" disaster was in the 20th century. The inspiration for Melville's "Moby-Dick" is a riveting tale of history and a vital work of American history. of illustrations.Hide synopsis
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This book makes you so very glad to be alive today. The gritty details of such an incredible story are captivatiing. Philbrick has a great way of using details of a subject you may not have any background in without losing you along the way.
A compassionate retelling of a maritime disaster we should not forget. Many books and articles have been published about the Essex but questions have remained about what really happened out there. In addition to the normal sources, Mr. Philbrick applies his Sherlock Holmes like analysis to a long lost, eyewitness account to shed much more light on several of those questions. Along the way he makes you feel like poor Captain Pollard and crew were your neighbors rather than men who lived and died almost 200 years ago. Reads like an episode of Cold Case Files, only with more depth than any television program could ever manage.
I can't believe this story hasn't been made into a movie! There are many reasons I read a book, two are: to be entertained or to learn something. This book does both of those.
The story is almost unfathomable (the event of the whale ramming the ship inspired Moby Dick) but oddly enough I think I enjoyed learning about the whaling industry more.
I have a history degree but I still find many non-fiction books too dry for my taste. This book is not one of them. If you're looking for a book as an entry into the non-fiction zone this one might be a good pick. I would also recommend Seabiscuit and Manhunt as good picks as well if you aren't experienced with non-fiction.
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