The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
A True Story of Men Against the Sea

82%

9 Critic Reviews

Perhaps most compelling of all, he explains in concrete detail why hurricanes blow, how waves rise, what happens to boats in a storm and the way human beings drown.
-NY Times

Synopsis

There is nothing imaginary about Junger's book; it is all terrifyingly, awesomely real.--Los Angeles Times


It was the storm of the century, boasting waves over one hundred feet high—a tempest created by so rare a combination of factors that meteorologists deemed it "the perfect storm." In a book that has become a classic, Sebastian Junger explores the history of the fishing industry, the science of storms, and the candid accounts of the people whose lives the storm touched. ?The Perfect Storm? is a real-life thriller that makes us feel like we've been caught, helpless, in the grip of a force of nature beyond our understanding or control.
 

About Sebastian Junger

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Sebastian Junger is the author of A Death in Belmont and Fire. He has been awarded a National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for journalism. Most recently, he has been reporting on the war in Afghanistan for Vanity Fair. He lives in New York City.
 
Published May 17, 1997 by W. W. Norton & Company. 257 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Science & Math, History, Travel, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, War, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Perfect Storm
All: 9 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 19 2008

Reading this gripping book is likely to make the would-be sailor feel both awed and a little frightened by nature's remorseless power.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by CHRISTOPHER LEHMANN-HAUPT on Jun 05 2008

Perhaps most compelling of all, he explains in concrete detail why hurricanes blow, how waves rise, what happens to boats in a storm and the way human beings drown.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Kate Derringer Barclay on Jun 12 2012

While this is a great read, I was still disturbed that more was not done for their safety.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Vern Wiessner on Jun 30 2008

...it's Junger's compassion for those who people this real-life drama that infuses THE PERFECT STORM with its heart, resurrecting the bodies of the ill-fated crew and making them rise from these pages.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Tom De Haven on Aug 01 1997

Ferociously dramatic and vividly written, The Perfect Storm is not just the best book of the summer. It's an indelible experience.

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by Victoria Hislop on Jun 02 2012

...that the best books are the ones where you are glued to your seat. This is how it was with The Perfect Storm.

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Christian Science Monitor

Good
Reviewed by Judith Bolton-Fasman on Jun 13 2010

Despite all of its detail, however, what ultimately makes this a unique and admirable book is its portrayal of individual lives.

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Smithsonian

Good
Reviewed by Paul Trachtman on Oct 01 2008

Junger has written an exciting and readable story...

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Helium

Above average
Reviewed by Chrystal Mahan on Sep 06 2009

However, I did not like reading it. I found it dull and hard to follow. It was more technical, than personal.

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