Into the Raging Sea by Rachel Slade
Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro

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There are other new books about the El Faro’s sinking...But Slade’s book devotes the most time to the Coast Guard inquiry, and this sets “Into the Raging Sea” apart.
-Star Tribune

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ONE OF JANET MASLIN’S MUST-READ BOOKS OF THE SUMMER

A NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR'S CHOICE

“A powerful and affecting story, beautifully handled by Slade, a journalist who clearly knows ships and the sea.”—Douglas Preston, New York Times Book Review

“A Perfect Storm for a new generation.”
—Ben Mezrich, bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook

On October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin barreled into the Bermuda Triangle and swallowed the container ship El Faro whole, resulting in the worst American shipping disaster in thirty-five years. No one could fathom how a vessel equipped with satellite communications, a sophisticated navigation system, and cutting-edge weather forecasting could suddenly vanish—until now.

Relying on hundreds of exclusive interviews with family members and maritime experts, as well as the words of the crew members themselves—whose conversations were captured by the ship’s data recorder—journalist Rachel Slade unravels the mystery of the sinking of El Faro. As she recounts the final twenty-four hours onboard, Slade vividly depicts the officers’ anguish and fear as they struggled to carry out Captain Michael Davidson’s increasingly bizarre commands, which, they knew, would steer them straight into the eye of the storm. Taking a hard look at America's aging merchant marine fleet, Slade also reveals the truth about modern shipping—a cut-throat industry plagued by razor-thin profits and ever more violent hurricanes fueled by global warming.

A richly reported account of a singular tragedy, Into the Raging Sea takes us into the heart of an age-old American industry, casting new light on the hardworking men and women who paid the ultimate price in the name of profit.

 

About Rachel Slade

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Published May 1, 2018 by Ecco. 416 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Star Tribune

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Reviewed by Kim Ode on Jul 03 2018

There are other new books about the El Faro’s sinking...But Slade’s book devotes the most time to the Coast Guard inquiry, and this sets “Into the Raging Sea” apart.

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The Maine Edge

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Reviewed by Allen Adams on May 15 2018

“Into the Raging Sea” is an exceptional work. It is a story that very much needed to be told; that it was told so eloquently and meticulously is a welcome bonus. The 33 lives lost are tragic and unnecessary; they deserved to have their voices heard. With this book, Rachel Slade gives them that chance.

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