The gripping true story of swordfishing boat the Andrea Gail, caught at sea amidst the once-in-a-lifetime meteorological conditions which created “the perfect storm” on Nova Scotia’s Grand Banks in 1991.
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A mature hurricane is by far the most powerful force on earth – the combined nuclear arsenals of the United States and the former Soviet Union don’t contain enough energy to keep a hurricane going for even one day.
On October 25, on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland, skipper Billy Tyne turns the sword-fishing boat 'Andrea Gail' for home. The weather is clear, he has 1200 miles to travel…
Around nightfall on October 27, Billy Tyne takes a Canadian weather map out of his satellite fax. There’s a hurricane off Bermuda, a cold front coming down off the Canadian Shield, a storm brewing over the Great Lakes – and they’re all heading for the Grand Banks. The 'Andrea Gail' is heading straight into meteorological hell.
'The Perfect Storm' is Sebastian Junger’s terrifying account of a real storm that stretched men – and women – beyond what they thought was were the limits and took them to a place none of them would ever would ever want to go again. Those who survived, that is…
“Junger moves seamlessly between the wrenching human dramas and the awesome details of the storm. 'The Perfect Storm' is terrifying, sad, exhilarating, humbling and unforgettable.”
“Junger has found a language to match the stature of the sea at its worst, and to capture its mysteries… It’s a chilling account that registers on the Beaufort Scale.”
”Sometimes a story comes along that’s almost too good to be believable. 'The Perfect Storm' may read like a novel but it isn’t one. It’s chillingly true… more fabulous than fiction, it will become a classic for a jaded modern world.”
DEA BIRKETT, 'Independent'
“Masterly, an essay in fear… He writes like a poet who has been to meteorology school.”
RUTH RENDELL, 'Daily Telegraph'
Sebastian Junger is the bestselling author of The Perfect Storm and A Death in Belmont. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, and has been awarded a National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for journalism. He lives in New York.
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