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 Valiant Ambition, the riveting and critically acclaimed bestseller and major motion picture starring Chris Hemsworth, directed by Ron Howard

Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson star in the film based on this National Book Award–winning account of the true events behind Moby Dick.

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—and its epic adaptation for the screen—will forever place the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon.
 

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The 1819 sinking of the whaling ship Essex following an “attack” by a sperm whale was the basis for Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick. In this book, the author tells the tale as it happened, based on ... Read full review

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The true story that inspired Melville's [Moby Dick]. I was fascinated by the tale of these whalers who managed to survive the loss of their ship. It does bog down a bit in the middle (but then, they ... Read full review

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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, winner of the New England Book Award; Sea of Glory; The Last Stand; Why Read Moby Dick?; and Away Off Shore. He lives in Nantucket. His new book Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution, is a New York Times bestseller.


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