Category: True Stories / General
Publication date: 5 February 2007
Number of pages: 336
The sinking of the whaleship Essex by an enraged spermwhale in the Pacific in November 1820 set in motion one of the most dramatic sea stories of all time: the twenty sailors who survived the wreck took to three small boats and only eight of them survived their subsequent 90-day ordeal. This work presents this story of maritime disaster.
What the papers say:
'Utterly gripping.' Daily Telegraph 'Brilliant.' The Times 'Superbly readable!elegantly written!a compelling study of the infinite human meanings of the sea itself.' Guardian 'As gripping as it is grissly!a cracking narrative, a complex cast of characters and a terrible moral dilemma at its heart.' Daily Mail
Nathaniel Philbrick is a historian and broadcaster who has written extensively about sailing. He is director of the Egan Institute of Maritime Studies on Nantucket Island, and a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association. He was a consultant on the movie 'Moby Dick'. Aged 41, he has lived on Nantucket with his wife and two children since 1986.
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