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In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea

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In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea

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Product Overview

Product No:
16562
Author:
Nathaniel Philbrick
Publisher:
HarperCollins
ISBN:
9780006531203
Edition Date:
January 2001
Pages:
336
Size:
135 x 203 x 25 mm
Weight:
241 g
Format:
Paperback
Sales Rank:
29567 (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth.

In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with twenty crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than ninety days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents - including a long-lost account written by the ship's cabin boy - and penetrating details about whaling and the Nantucket community to reveal the chilling events surrounding this epic maritime disaster. An intense and mesmerizing read, In the Heart of the Sea is a monumental work of history forever placing the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon.

'Nathaniel Philbrick has taken one of the most horrifying stories of maritime history and turned it into a classic. This is historical writing at its best - and at the same time, one of the most chilling books I have ever read.'
- Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm

'In The Heart Of The Sea is a true story of unimaginable horror. The source for Melville's 'mighty book' is a tale told wonderfully well by Nathaniel Philbrick.'
- Peter Benchley, author of Jaws

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