In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea

The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

Nathaniel Philbrick

Format
Paperback
Price
$17.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780141001821
  • 320 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Wishaw, and Brendan Gleeson, and directed by Ron Howard.

The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with twenty crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than ninety days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents-including a long-lost account written by the ship’s cabin boy-and penetrating details about whaling and the Nantucket community to reveal the chilling events surrounding this epic maritime disaster. An intense and mesmerizing read, In the Heart of the Sea is a monumental work of history forever placing the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon.
In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea

Nathaniel Philbrick

Awards

National Book Award – Winner

Praise

“A book that gets in your bones…Philbrick has created an eerie thriller from a centuries old tale….Scrupulously researched and eloquently written…it would have earned Melville’s admiration.” The New York Times Book Review

“Fascinating…One of our country’s great adventure stories…when it comes to extremes, In the Heart of the Sea is right there.” The Wall Street Journal

“Spellbinding.” Time

“[Told] with verve and authenticity…a classic tale of the sea.” San Francisco Chronicle

“Nathaniel Philbrick has taken one of the most horrifying stories in maritime history and turned it into a classic….One of the most chilling books I have ever read.” Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm

Table of Contents

Preface: February 23, 1821
Crew of the Essex
Chapter One: Nantucket
Chapter Two: Knockdown
Chapter Three: First Blood
Chapter Four: The Lees of Fire
Chapter Five: The Attack
Chapter Six: The Plan
Chapter Seven: At Sea
Chapter Eight: Centering Down
Chapter Nine: The Island
Chapter Ten: The Whisper of Necessity
Chapter Eleven: Games of Chance
Chapter Twelve: In the Eagle’s Shadow
Chapter Thirteen: Homecoming
Chapter Fourteen: Consequences
Epilogue: Bones

Notes
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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