A Voyage For Madmen

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Travel - 336 pages
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In 1968, nine sailors set off on the most daring race ever held: to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe nonstop. It was a feat that had never been accomplished and one that would forever change the face of sailing. Ten months later, only one of the nine men would cross the finish line and earn fame, wealth, and glory. For the others, the reward was madness, failure, and death.

In this extraordinary book, Peter Nichols chronicles a contest of the individual against the sea, waged at a time before cell phones, satellite dishes, and electronic positioning systems. A Voyage for Madmen is a tale of sailors driven by their own dreams and demons, of horrific storms in the Southern Ocean, and of those riveting moments when a split-second decision means the difference between life and death.

 

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User Review  - Ma_Washigeri - LibraryThing

Riveting. A window onto another world. A bunch of people with great contrasts of experience and character, doing something extraordinary in what is nearly, though not quite, the modern world. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - nandadevi - LibraryThing

This is an essential companion to Tomalin and Hall's 'The Strange Voyage of Donald Crowhurst' which is one of the finest - and most disturbing - accounts ever written of a man's descent into madness ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
19
Section 3
27
Section 4
39
Section 5
45
Section 6
59
Section 7
65
Section 8
75
Section 20
185
Section 21
193
Section 22
205
Section 23
213
Section 24
219
Section 25
229
Section 26
235
Section 27
247

Section 9
83
Section 10
87
Section 11
101
Section 12
111
Section 13
123
Section 14
133
Section 15
139
Section 16
147
Section 17
155
Section 18
163
Section 19
179
Section 28
255
Section 29
261
Section 30
265
Section 31
275
Section 32
281
Section 33
285
Section 34
291
Section 35
295
Section 36
297
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About the author (2009)

Peter Nichols is the author of the national bestseller A Voyage for Madmen and two other books, Sea Change: Alone Across the Atlantic in a Wooden Boat, a memoir, and the novel Voyage to the North Star. He has taught creative writing at NYU in Paris and Georgetown University, and presently teaches at Bowdoin College. He is lives in Maine with his wife and son.

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