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"There is nothing imaginary about Junger's book; it is all terrifyingly, awesomely real." —Los Angeles Times
It was the storm of the century, boasting waves over one hundred feet high—a tempest created by so rare a combination of factors that meteorologists deemed it "the perfect storm." In a book that has become a classic, Sebastian Junger explores the history of the fishing industry, the science of storms, and the candid accounts of the people whose lives the storm touched. The Perfect Storm is a real-life thriller that makes us feel like we've been caught, helpless, in the grip of a force of nature beyond our understanding or control.
Winner of the American Library Association's 1998 Alex Award.
“Every boater is drawn to storm-at-sea stories, and this one beats them all.” — Philadelphia Inquirer
“Rich, compassionate characterization, as well as taut, suspenseful prose. A tale that doesn't skimp on facts, yet keeps you turning pages from beginning to end.” — Seattle Times
“Riveting…The natural upheaval holds center stage and acts as a character, but the story converges upon human beings—in this case, the six-man crew of the doomed Gloucester swordfishing boat Andrea Gail.” — Boston Globe
“Harrowing, relentless…and thoroughly enjoyable.” — Kansas City Star
“A terrifying, edifying read…Readers…are first seduced into caring for the book’s doomed characters, then compelled to watch them carried into the jaws of a meteorological hell. Junger’s compassionate, intelligent voice instructs us effortlessly on the sea life of the sword-fisherman, the physics of a sinking steel ship, and the details of death by drowning.” — Dava Sobel
“One reads with the most intense concern, anxiety and concentration; and if one knows anything at all about the sea one feels the absolutely enormous strength of the hurricane winds and the incredibly towering mass of the hundred-foot waves.” — Patrick O'Brian
“The pages of this book crunch with salt.” — Boating
Joint Winner — Alex Award, 1998