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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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    Well now I have to read Moby Dick!

    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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