In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

By Nathaniel Philbrick

Overview
From the author of  Mayflower and Valiant Ambition , t he riveting bestseller tells the story of the true events that inspired Melville's Moby-Dick .  Winner of the National Book Award, Nathaniel Philbrick's book is a fantastic saga of survival and adventure, steeped in the lore of... View more
Binding Paperback
Other Available Formats MP3 CD
Pages 302 pages
Publisher Penguin Books
Publication Date May 01, 2001
Language English
Dimensions 5.26 x 0.9 x 7.99 inches
ISBN-13 9780141001821

Product Description

From the author of Mayflower and Valiant Ambition, the riveting bestseller tells the story of the true events that inspired Melville's Moby-Dick

Winner of the National Book Award, Nathaniel Philbrick's book is a fantastic saga of survival and adventure, steeped in the lore of whaling, with deep resonance in American literature and history.

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, recently adapted into a major feature film starring Chris Hemsworth, is a book for the ages.

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