The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea

by Sebastian Junger
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The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger

"There is nothing imaginary about Junger's book; it is all terrifyingly, awesomely real." —Los Angeles Times

It was the storm of the century, boasting waves over one hundred feet high—a tempest created by so rare a combination of factors that meteorologists deemed it "the perfect storm." In a book that has become a classic, Sebastian Junger explores the history of the fishing industry, the science of storms, and the candid accounts of the people whose lives the storm touched. The Perfect Storm is a real-life thriller that makes us feel like we've been caught, helpless, in the grip of a force of nature beyond our understanding or control.

Winner of the American Library Association's 1998 Alex Award.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393076615
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/17/1997
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 12,475
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Sebastian Junger is the author of A Death in Belmont and Fire. He has been awarded a National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for journalism. Most recently, he has been reporting on the war in Afghanistan for Vanity Fair. He lives in New York City.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Date of Birth:

January 17, 1962

Place of Birth:

Boston, Massachusetts

Education:

B.A. in Anthropology, Wesleyan University, 1984

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The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 153 reviews.
Bill_in_LA More than 1 year ago
I read this book shortly after it first came out on hard cover, I then reread it several years later. Junger did an excellent job in getting most of the details right. He told it like it was. I served aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tamaroa (the cutter that rescued most of the Air National Guard helecopter crew) starting shortly after this event took place, I knew many of the key players ivolved in all that took place. I have met many others that were involved as well. (The Tam's decommissioning ceremony was a very emotional event in 1994). If you're looking for an acturate portrailal of what could and sometimes does happen on the open sea, this is a good book for you. It's also good for those who have ever wondered about what the U.S Coast Guard and the Air National Guard deal with on a daily basis. over all an excellent book
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nonstop action from page to page. The comepletly factual book actualy makes the Andrea Gail and the six men aboard come to life along with a monsterous sea with the power of God.
Aimee_Leon More than 1 year ago
The Perfect Storm was a gripping and tragic true story of the struggle between man and strong elements. This non fic novel is about the swordfish ship 'The Andrea Gail' and its crew on the rugged seas. The rare conditions that led to three seperate storms to merdge into one dagerously violent storm is known as the perfect storm. This storm produced waves as high and ten stories high and 120 mile-an-hour winds. Talk about crazy weather. The Andrea Gail is caught right in the worst part of this storm and the crew struggles to survive, the crew's friends and family worry anxiously to hear news of their loved ones. A touching love story and an excellent adventure. The writing was outstanding and very descriptive. Sebastian Junger got all of the setting detailed well and got great point of view of all family members & friends of the victims. The Perfect Storm, was a great and suspenseful non fiction novel. It was the perfect read.
Bookworm1951 11 months ago
This was a well written book. Not just about the Andrea Gail but how this epic storm affected the entire fishing industry, their towns, families, friends, those on the rescue teams, etc. Lots of history regarding the fishing industry. The author explained in great detail how things are handled on the varous fishing boats as well as great meteorological detail about the storm and it's development. I felt that some of this great repetitive detail eventually made parts of the story a little boring - therefore the 4 star rating rather than 5 stars. Overall, a great book that makes you realize it's not just about the Andrea Gail as depicted in the movie. Would recommend this book to any history buff.
svsu More than 1 year ago
The perfect storm book tells what its like to be a sword fisherman on the east coast. I can tell you it is a grueling job with weeks out at sea and little sleep. This book really tells you everything. Watch the movie then read the book. I purchased The Perfect Storm in ebook format.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book The Perfect Storm was a very good book. It had very descriptive and captivating tales of not only the Andrea Gail in, but many other ships and coast guard men. It was interesting to read and I learned a lot from it. I would recommend this for older reads, probably high school or older. It was a good book. 
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This story gives me a lot of respect for what the fishing people have to go through for their livelyhood. Think they well earn every dollar they make.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book to read found it hard to put down. Also very enlightening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really enjoyable for me; it tells the true story of a commercial fishing boat, the Andrea Gail, that fishes swordfish. The book describes a fishing trip the boat heads out on, and a storm that hits them during a trip, the author describes the storm as perfect because it could not possibly have been any worse. The trip the characters take is to a fishing spot known as grand banks near Newfoundland in Canada. The crew extends the trip, because the fishing was not going well, and they needed a profit. When they start heading home they are alerted with reports of small hurricanes around the area they are sailing through, but the captain of the Gail, Billy Tyne, decides to keep going, because their fish are spoiling and they all want to get home. When they are about halfway home, three hurricanes smash together and become one of the most violent ocean storms in history, and the Andrea Gail gets pulled into it and disappears. None of the facts in this book were made up, the waves that were ten stories high and the powerful winds that tore up the sea are all real. This book was one of the most unbelievable non-fiction books I have ever read. I highly recommend it and rate it 9 out of ten.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sebastian Junger is an amazing author who can tell a story in a book just like he was sitting in the room with you having a chat. By the end of this book, I felt I knew these people and I felt for them. Junger conveyed their bravery, determination, and grief to the point that I did more than just feel sorry for them; I felt respect. The movie did not do this book justice. For me this is a must-read.
Elvertron700 More than 1 year ago
Sebastian Junger is a great author. He was able to describe the theme of the book so well and he nailed every detail. In the beginning of the book I could imagine the scene and even the hint of a harbor smell in the air. Even though the start of the book describes a sad situation, it still is enjoyable to read. There is sadness for the missing of the men when they are gone; there is so much happiness between Bobby and Chris. Gloucester, Massachusetts is described as a rainy and grey area to live in, but there is brightness between Bobby and Chris that lifts up the mood and gives the reader hope and a happy feeling. The book is a true love story. The power of love between the fishermen on the boat and their loved ones on the short is so massive despite their great distant apart. Everyone wants to see their loved ones again. I think that the whole point of this book is to tell the reader that even in the worst of times, there is a bright place. If you’re a reader who likes to know about history, it’s also a great book. Sebastian Junger includes stories about the past that explain how many things began in the main story. On the other hand, the book can get a little boring. Fishing can be an unexciting topic to read about in detail. There was also so much description of the storm that the book was a little slow at times. It was great explanation of the storm just a little too much for my taste. Nevertheless, this is a good book to read because even in the darkest hour, there is a bright spot that lifts you up. Also, it’s hard to find a book with such great description of every detail.
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tkennedy More than 1 year ago
The Perfect Storm written by Sebastian Junger. The reason I read this book is because my father was watching the movie and I watched with him. I thought that the movie was great. In the first half part of the school year we had to get a book for SRA. I saw the book in the teachers book shelf and thought that I may like the book and I read it. It turned out to be a great book. In the beginning of the book Billy Tyne the captain of the Andre Gail. The Andre Gail is off to a bad start already. It is September 20th late in the season to be heading out. Tyne can barely round up a full crew. Tyne gets Alfred Pierre an Jamaican from New York City. Bobby, Bugsy, Murph, Chris. They where going to have someone else named Adam Randall. He didn't get on the boat because he thought that the Andre Gail unsafe boat to be on. So Tyne got David Sullivan to take the place of Adam Randall. S Type Pierre, Sullivan, Moran, Murphy and Shatford are going to the Grand Banks on the Andre Gail. In the middle of the book are out fishing to get some swordfish. They start to catch some fish and everything seem to be going fine. Then they stop catching some fish. They only have about 20,000 pounds with them and that is just barley pays off every thing that need to get out there. They go for a day or two with out catching anything and the crew gets anger with Tyne. The next day the crew starts to catch a lot of swordfish. Now the crew is happy because they know that they have made a lot of money and have to get back .Billy gets the weather chart off the fax and he tells the crew that there is something big coming. The crew start to get everything of the deck. They also check to see if everything is running fine. Billy know that they are headed right for the middle of the storm. There are three storms and the Andre Gail is right in the middle off all of them and people are calling it the perfect storm. Billy is head to Sable island and there are sixty-foot waves there. Now the storm is at its peck and things are going bad on the Andre Gail . On the boat the windows are imploding and water is flooding the cabin of the boat they have also lost power on the boat because of the flooding. In the conditions there is no way the a helicopter could save six people and Billy knows it. The waves are now up to Seventy-foot waves and the only thing that Billy can do is try and take them head on and hope that he get over then top of them before they break. The Andre Gail or the crew ever got out of the storm. The crew may have got off the boat before it went down but with the temperatures of the water there is no way that they could live. Tyne, Pierre, Sullivan, Moran, Murphy, Shatford are dead. They were never found again. The reason that this book matters to me is because that the theme is not to fight nature and I believe that I also love the ocean and fishing I also like true stories . If you like true stories you would like this book. You also have to like fact because the you a lot of facts in this book you most take the book and the story and nature serious because everything that happens in this book could happen to you. So you can learn not to do what they did because you could lose your life doing it. If you like any of those thing then you would like this book.
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Moly More than 1 year ago
This is a total story of a real event. A real 'perfect storm.' When this storm hit in the late '90's we watched the water flood our street, 3 blocks from the Atlantic. Then we heard from a friend on Cape Ann what happened and that my son's CG boat was involved in one of the rescues. (He was off the Tamaroa by that time) I cannot recommend this book enough. It will hold your attention from start to finish.
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