In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

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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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About Nathaniel Philbrick

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NATHANIEL PHILBRICK is the bestselling author of Mayflower, In the Heart of the Sea, and Sea of Glory. He lives in Nantucket.
 
Published May 1, 2001 by Penguin Books. 302 pages
Genres: History, Professional & Technical, Travel, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Biographies & Memoirs, War, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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A vivid account of a 19th-century maritime disaster that engaged the popular imagination of the time with its horrors of castaways and cannibalism.

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With woody intonation and a suitably somber cadence, Tony Award-winning actor Herrmann reads this chilling tale of the Essex, a whaling ship that was sunk in the middle of the Pacific by an 80-foot sp

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In 1821, a whaling ship came upon a small boat off the coast of Chile containing two deranged men surrounded by human bones that they alternately chewed and clutched to their shriveled bodies. The two

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Philbrick shows how the Quaker establishment of Nantucket ran a hugely profitable whaling industry in the 18th and 19th centuries and provides a detailed account of shipboard life.

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Book Reporter

Scott Brick's soothingly melodious voice is perfect for this tale of the experiences of the 20 man crew of the Essex as the 238-ton whaler headed for the open ocean from its safe harbor in 1819, the height of whaling on the Quaker Island of Nantucket.This book is more than a journal of whaling an...

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"With its huge scarred head halfway out of the water and its tail beating the ocean into a white-water wake more than forty feet across, the whale approached the ship...

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Stefan Zweig's biographies compel us to appreciate how historical figures harnessed their energies to deal with the challenges before them.

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At the time of the Essex's voyage, this tiny island was the center of the lucrative whale industry.

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Crosswalk.com

Helmed by Oscar-winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind), the film was pushed back from an earlier release date until awards season—a possible sign that the studio behind the film, Warner Brothers, saw the film as an Oscar contender.

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While the story of the Essex has an endless amount of overt drama - starvation, thirst, and cannibalism - Philbrick elegantly maintains a scholarly approach.

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Books: A True Story

Right whales, sperm whales – I learned a lot about whales.

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After a brief history of Nantucket and early 19th century whaling communities, the crew of the Essex set out to whale their fool heads off.

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