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From the author of Valiant Ambition, the riveting and critically acclaimed bestseller and major motion picture starring Chris Hemsworth, directed by Ron Howard

Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson star in the film based on this National Book Award–winning account of the true events behind Moby Dick.

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—and its epic adaptation for the screen—will forever place the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon.

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In the Heart of the Sea
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Well now I have to read Moby Dick!
March 14th, 2015
I really, really enjoyed this book. I didn't expect to, because I am not big on non-fiction usually. But it is well written, it is engaging, it is fascinating, it is nail-biting, and it is impossible to put down until you know who survives. It is also crazy to think it is a real story, and it is cool that this tale was the basis for Moby Dick. Which I am looking forward to reading, now that I am a semi-intellectual when it comes to whaling. Thanks, Mr. Philbrick.
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