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In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (Movie Tie-In)

 
 
Author
Nathaniel Philbrick.
Publisher Penguin  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.35 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9780143126812
Pages/Publication Date 301/2015
Daedalus Item Code 59567
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(Winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction) Originally published in 2000, Nathaniel Philbrick's account of the incident that inspired Moby-Dick is a superb maritime narrative, and itself inspired the major motion picture of the same name by Ron Howard. In 1819, the 238-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a whale hunt. Fifteen months later, the unthinkable happened: in the farthest reaches of the South Pacific, the Essex was rammed and sunk by an enraged sperm whale. Fearing cannibals on the Marquesas Islands to the west, the 20-man crew set out in three small boats for South America, almost 3,000 miles east. Three months later, only eight were left alive, the survivors having ironically been forced to eat the bodies of their dead shipmates—most of whom were also their friends and neighbors in Nantucket—and their story became as well known in its time as the story of the Titanic is today. Philbrick's history is a fantastic saga of survival, steeped in the lore of the whaling tradition.

"Rich in detail on topics ranging from celestial navigation and whale biology to the history of cannibalism, this is historical writing at its best—and at the same time, one of the most chilling books I have ever read."—Sebastian Junger

 
 
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