In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea

The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (Movie Tie-in)

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143126812
  • 336 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


From the author of the forthcoming book, Valiant Ambition, the riveting and critically acclaimed bestseller, soon to be a major motion picture starring Chris Hemsworth, directed by Ron Howard, premiering on December 11, 2015

Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson will star in a new film based on this National Book Award–winning account of the true events behind Moby Dick.

In 1820, the whaleship Essex was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale, leaving the desperate crew to drift for more than ninety days in three tiny boats. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents and vivid details about the Nantucket whaling tradition to reveal the chilling facts of this infamous maritime disaster. In the Heart of the Sea—and now, its epic adaptation for the screen—will forever place the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon.
In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea

Nathaniel Philbrick


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“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

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