In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea

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The riveting and critically acclaimed bestseller, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Ron Howard

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.

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In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea

Nathaniel Philbrick


National Book Award – winner


“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

In the Heart of the Sea – Nathaniel Philbrick 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
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