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The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea Mass Market Paperback – June 3, 1998
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Meteorologists called the storm that hit North America's eastern seaboard in October 1991 a "perfect storm" because of the rare combination of factors that created it. For everyone else, it was perfect hell. In The Perfect Storm, author Sebastian Junger conjures for the reader the meteorological conditions that created the "storm of the century" and the impact the storm had on many of the people caught in it. Chief among these are the six crew members of the swordfish boat the Andrea Gail, all of whom were lost 500 miles from home beneath roiling seas and high waves. Working from published material, radio dialogues, eyewitness accounts, and the experiences of people who have survived similar events, Junger attempts to re-create the last moments of the Andrea Gail as well as the perilous high-seas rescues of other victims of the storm.
Like a Greek drama, The Perfect Storm builds slowly and inexorably to its tragic climax. The book weaves the history of the fishing industry and the science of predicting storms into the quotidian lives of those aboard the Andrea Gail and of others who would soon find themselves in the fury of the storm. Junger does a remarkable job of explaining a convergence of meteorological and human events in terms that make them both comprehensible and unforgettable. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The powerfully destructive forces of nature that created the Halloween Gale of 1991 are made vivid through interviews with survivors, families, and Coast Guard rescue crews.True adventure at its best
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Putting that aside, and talking strictly about the book, I would say that it is sitting around 3.5 to 4 stars. Especially until we get half way through it, is probably a two star book. It takes some considerable effort to go through the first half of the book.
As far as the story of the Andrea Gail is concerned, it was a little bit frustrating that it was supposed to be factual, but then you realize that we have no idea about what happened, and that everything is pretty much a guess. Accidents can be really interesting and complicated, but they can also be simple and, unfortunately, stupid. Sometimes, when we have rigid data, we are able to tell, and sometimes, as in the case of Andrea Gail, we will never be able to know. We can lay down four million different scenarios, and we will still probably not get close to what really happened.
Things drastically change when we get on the other stories. The book picks up speed there, and it gets compelling, and hard to put down.
All in all, an interesting book to read, but it wouldn't be one of my top priorities. I did like the simple language of it, and the fact that most of the time I didn't feel that pressure of "let me mesmerize you, my dear reader, with the awesomeness of my vocabulary, and how I can lay down sentences that will give you no clue about what I am describing."
I do feel that 4 stars are a little higher than what I would like to rate it, but 3 stars wouldn't do it a lot of justice either,... So 4 stars it is.