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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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"Guaranteed to blow readers away...A+." -- -- Entertainment Weekly
"Mesmerizing...Packs an emotional wallop."
-- Boston Globe
"Thrilling...Even if you have never been to sea, Junger's account will put the frighteners on you." -- -- New York Times Book Review
"Thrilling...Even if you have never been to sea, Junger's account will put the frighteners on you." -- New York Times Book Review
"[A] white-knuckle chronicle...[A] true adventure story." -- Newsweek
About the Author
Sebastian Junger is the New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Storm, A Death in Belmont and Fire. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, and has been awarded a National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for journalism. He lives in New York City.
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The book, The Perfect Storm, is a captivating look at the world of long-line fisherman, and a sobering study of the power of wind and water, and the brave souls who challenge those forces.
The film follows the network television formula: “Let there never be a moment of inaction, lest someone change the channel – AND - for every 20 minuet segment, there must be: 1, A moment of humor. 2, A. tragic or tearful moment. 3, A joyous moment of redemption. 4, A violent confrontation.”
This formula works for a 20 or 40 minute TV show, but for an uninterrupted, 2 hour film, it feels like, 'Here we go again.'
And directed by who? Wolfgang Peterson? I don't think so. This pustule of pure Hollywood was plugged, tapped, and oozing Ron Howard sirup. From the somber violins to the soap opera passions smoldering just below the surface.
Of course I can't criticize it because it's a true American tragedy. Like no one can criticize Gordon Lightfoot for singing off key in The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald. That said, this film managed to do the impossible, so often accomplished in Hollywood. It managed to be a lackluster, Norman Rockwell painting. Calendar art, in spite of amazing talent, ie: William Fichtner> as Heath, the outsider who fought for family recognition, John Hawkes> mucho talent, and George Clooney> our (sound the trumpets) all-American mega movie star extraordinaire. John C Reilly scares me, I won't mention him. Mark Wahlberg, in a word, mediocre. He is better when relaxed, and playing himself, like in Pain & Gain.
If you like Norman Rockwell, Ron Howard, and Days of our Lives, you will probably enjoy this film, a lot
This book covers the famous unnamed storm which resulted in the deaths of those on the Andrea Gail, untold billions of dollars in damages to the coast, fishing and property damage, and innumerable rescue attempts and the loss of one rescuer. The Perfect storm starts out telling the story of the Andrea Gail, its men, the lives they led and subsequently left behind. It contains a fairly detailed description of the science involved in navigations, weather and storms as well as the skills required to ride out a vicious storm at sea.
The story of the sinking of the Andrea Gail, the storm that sank her, as well as the rescue effort to try and locate this ship, and a missing crewman are detailed in this fine book. This is also a dense and very scientific at times story, complete with a description of the three types of storms that combined to wreak havoc on many ships off of the East Coasts of the USA, and the lives lost when the Andrea Gail went down. Those who don’t like descriptions of drowning, loads of scientific data about weather system, or the sea and the force of water will be put off by this book. It also describes the men of the Andrea Gail, as well as some of the other sailors who managed to this Perfect Storm.
The term has since come to mean a once in a life time confluence of weather which includes among other things, 100 foot high seas, a truly awful spectacle to behold, let alone try to navigate or survive. A search of Youtube, will reveal many horrify videos of ships in really rough weather and they made for terrifying albeit fascinating watching, giving one a small understanding of the truly awesome power of nature.
Gordon Lightfoot wrote, in his song, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald paraphrases, does anyone know where the love of God goes when the waves turn the minutes to hours. The book also includes the story of those who go out to try and find those men, after they are reported missing. These are the people who come get you when no one else can, in weather that grounds all other aircraft. If they can’t come get you, then no one else can. They do the work in short, that mothers would do if they had the skill set.
It describes in frightening detail the rescues that did occur and there were many harrowing rescues that occurred that night ranging from coast guard cutters, and falcons s needed to locate the ship initially to helicopters and the meteorological conditions they flew in which belonged to the National Guard. It also describes the levels of risk and why they are called such as increased risk- based on the level of danger, and risk to men and machines from the weather and the 60-7- foot waves, to low flying helicopters and planes. And all of the rescues that night and day were highly dangerous and could easily have spiraled out of control, resulting in the loss of even more personnel and equipment. The storm that day involved an area ranging from Jamaica in the Caribbean down to Labrador in Newfoundland, an area of truly large proportions.
My only fault with this book, is that it could have used some charts to give an idea of the weather patterns that were described. It also contains, a rather disquieting description of what it’s like to drown, which may be tough for some readers to get through, so be advised. This book is important because it describes the efforts undertaken to rescue someone once they are listed missing at sea, by the U.S. Coast Guard. It also gives a description of sailing, and some of the physics involved at sea, and this section could have used more charts, as well, as the weather at sea, a must for anyone who is contemplating going to sea in any sailing manner whatsoever.