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November 2008 Selection: The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea
By: Sebastian Junger
Copyright: 1997


About the Book:

October 1991.

It was "the perfect storm"--a tempest that may happen only once in a century--a nor'easter created by so rare a combination of factors that it could not possibly have been worse. Creating waves ten stories high and winds of 120 miles an hour, the storm whipped the sea to inconceivable levels few people on earth have ever witnessed. Few, except the six-man crew of the "Andrea Gail," a commercial fishing boat tragically headed toward the storm's hellish center.

It was the storm of the century -- a tempest created by so rare a combination of factors that meteorologist deemed it "the perfect storm." When it struck in October, 1991, there was virtually no warning. "She's comin' on, boys, and she's comin' on strong," radioed Captain Billy Tyne of the Andrea Gail from off the coast of Nova Scotia. Soon afterward, the boat and its crew of six disappeared without a trace.

Sebastian Junger takes us on a real-life thriller, deep into the heart of the storm. He recreates the last moments of the Andrea Gail crew and the heroic acts of the National Guard rescue team; he weaves together the history of the New England fishing industry, the science of storms, and candid accounts of the people whose lives the storm touched.

Related Web sites:

Reading Group Guide and Discussion Questions for The Perfect Storm

Publisher's web site for The Perfect Storm

Wikipedia entry for this book

The story of the Andrea Gail at

Sebastian Junger's homepage

Internet Movie Database page for the movie The Perfect Storm

If You Like The Perfect Storm, Try:

Isaac's Storm
By: Erik Larson. 1999.

The Hungry Ocean: A Swardboat Captain's Journey
By: Linda Greenlaw. 1999.

Killer 'Cane: The Deadly Hurricaine of 1928
By: Robert Mykle. 2002.

Into Thin Air
By: Jon Krakauer. 1997.

The Brendan Voyage
By: Timothy Severin. 1978.

The Perfect Storm Reader Comments:

While I appreciated the Man vs. Nature elements of The Perfect Storm, most of the crew of the ship were unlikeable types, so I never really felt much empathy with them and their plight.

-- James W.
patron of Walt Branch Library.
Customer Review Score - 6


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