The worst storm in history seen from the wheelhouse of a doomed fishing trawler; a mesmerisingly vivid account of a natural hell from a perspective that offers no escape. The 'perfect storm' is a once-in-a-hundred-years combination: a high pressure system from the Great Lakes, running into storm winds over an Atlantic island -- Sable Island -- ...Read MoreThe worst storm in history seen from the wheelhouse of a doomed fishing trawler; a mesmerisingly vivid account of a natural hell from a perspective that offers no escape. The 'perfect storm' is a once-in-a-hundred-years combination: a high pressure system from the Great Lakes, running into storm winds over an Atlantic island -- Sable Island -- and colliding with a weather system from the Caribbean: Hurricane Grace. This is the story of that storm, told through the accounts of individual fishing boats caught up in the maelstrom, their families waiting anxiously for news of their return, the rescue services scrambled to save them. It is the story of the old battle between the fisherman and the sea, between man and Nature, that awesome and capricious power which can transform the surface of the Atlantic into an impossible tumult of water walls and gaping voids, with the capacity to break an oil tanker in two. In spare, lyrical prose 'The Perfect Storm' describes what happened when the Andrea Gail looked into the wrathful face of the perfect storm.Read Less
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I was overwhelmed by this book - it is a docu-fiction well-researched for the facts and very human and very touching. It has made me want to read more by Sebastian Junger.
Aug 14, 2008
The writer did a marvelous job in going from the facts of the storm, The mens past lives ,how the ship was built and the different types of fishing vessels, The way the ocean acts in a storm and the intensity of the storm. It gives you a gut wrenching feeling almost as if you are living it,
I would recomend this book to everyone.I would rate this book tops.
Mar 23, 2007
An account of several people whose lives were affected (some fatally) by a storm off the northeast coast of the U.S. in the early 90's. The storm was essentially a hurricane, the extremely unlikely result of three storm systems' merging off the coast of New England. The strength and location of the storm caught many people off guard, and Junger's accounts of people who survived the storm or were involved in rescues at sea are riveting. He also provides interesting background on meteorology, seafaring, and the fishing industry.
Junger is an excellent writer, and I highly recommend this book.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-04-07 In meteorological jargon, a "perfect storm" is one unsurpassed in ferocity and durationæa description that fits the so-called Halloween Gale of October 1991 in the western Atlantic. Junger, who has written for American Heritage and Outside, masterfully handles his account of that storm and its devastation. He begins with a look at the seedy town of Gloucester, Mass., which has been sliding downhill ever since the North Atlantic fishing industry declined, then focuses his attention on the captain and the five-man crew of the Andrea Gail, a swordfishing vessel. He then charts the stormæparticularly formidable because three storms had converged from the south, the west and the northæthat created winds up to 100 miles an hour and waves that topped 110 feet. He reconstructs what the situation must have been aboard the ship during the final hours of its losing battle with the sea, and the moments when it went down with the loss of all hands. He recaps the courageous flight of an Air National Guard helicopter, which had to be ditched in the oceanæleaving one man dead while the other four were rescuedæthen returns to Gloucester and describes the reaction to the loss of the Andrea Gail. Even with the inclusion of technical information, this tale of the "Storm of the Century" is a thrilling read and seems a natural for filming. BOMC main selection and QPB selection; Reader's Digest Today's Best Nonfiction selection; first serial to Esquire; $235,000 paperback floor; simultaneous Random House Audio; British rights: Fourth Estate. (May)
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