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Publisher Description

"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.

Winner of the American Library Association's 1998 Alex Award.

Science & Nature
May 17
W. W. Norton & Company
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Joe Russ ,

Terrific Nonfiction work

Really interesting book that showsexactly what life is like for a fisherman and why he or she would risk their lives doing this difficult work. Junger gives you an idea of what the men who died were like and why they needed to fish. Gives you a look into who the fishermen were and why you would be sorry about their passing.

rshuston ,

The Perfect Documentary

My father loaned me his copy of this book a number of years ago and, although I always wanted to have a copy of my own, I never got around to getting it. That is, until it got released on the iBooks store. The book still reads like it did for me the first time. Very well researched, both exciting and terrifying, an honor to the living and very respectful of the dead. I never saw the movie, but it's been my experience that movies can never do justice to books like this. Read the book!

AliHammertime ,

Read this book for class!👌🚢⚓

In meteorology class we are reading this and I just can't get focused and interested! There's just a lot of skipping back and forth through time periods and it's hard to focus on it. Some parts are really good and some parts are really boring! The actually story, not the explanations of things, is interesting though! I'd give the movie 5 ⭐! 👍

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