In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

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Penguin, May 1, 2001 - History - 320 pages
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From the author of Mayflower and Valiant Ambition, the riveting bestseller tells the story of the true events that inspired Melville's Moby-Dick

Winner of the National Book Award, Nathaniel Philbrick's book is a fantastic saga of survival and adventure, steeped in the lore of whaling, with deep resonance in American literature and history.

In 1820, the whaleship Essex was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale, leaving the desperate crew to drift for more than ninety days in three tiny boats. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents and vivid details about the Nantucket whaling tradition to reveal the chilling facts of this infamous maritime disaster. In the Heart of the Sea, recently adapted into a major feature film starring Chris Hemsworth, is a book for the ages.


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I picked this book up because I was intrigued by reading a story about the sea, and I was well rewarded! Besides learning about the people and industry in Nantucket, I read of the incredible journey ... Read full review

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A well-written account of one of the more fantastic sea tales in modern human history. Nathaniel Philbrick does a wonderful job setting the stage and providing context for this doomed voyage, giving the reader a thorough backdrop against which this incident and ensuing events occur. I literally could not stop reading this story from beginning to end.
The only reason I did not give this five stars was because I bought the e-book, which severely limits your ability to read, let alone benefit from, the maps and drawings provided. I would definitely purchase the hard copy if you are considering reading this book.
 

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Contents

Praise for In the Heart of the
CHAPTER TWO Knockdown
CHAPTER FOUR The Lees of Fire
CHAPTER SIX The Plan
CHAPTER EIGHT Centering Down
CHAPTER TEN The Whisper of Necessity
CHAPTER TWELVE In the Eagles Shadow
CHAPTER FOURTEEN Consequences
EPILOGUE
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Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of In the Heart of the Sea, winner of the National Book Award; Mayflower, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Bunker Hill, Valiant Ambition; Sea of Glory; The Last Stand; Why Read Moby Dick?; and Away Off Shore. He lives in Nantucket.  


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