In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Wishaw, and Brendan Gleeson, and directed by Ron Howard.
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.
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Review: In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship EssexUser Review - Shawnaclingerman - Goodreads
Sometimes (aka pretty much all the time), I get fascinated and consumed with odd subjects. Recently it was the idea that there are ginormous toothed whales roaming the ocean that have intentionally ... Read full review
Review: In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship EssexUser Review - Betty Jenkins - Goodreads
I really enjoyed this book so much. The only thing that bugged me was all the facts. I expected this book to just be the story of the sailors, not why everything happened the way it happened plus what happened as a result of everything else that happened. Can't wait to see the movie now! Read full review
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