The Perfect Storm A True Story of Men Against the Sea MOBI

The Perfect Storm A True Story of Men Against the Sea MOBI

The Perfect Storm A True Story of Men Against the Sea ➵ The Perfect Storm A True Story of Men Against the Sea Read ➼ Author Sebastian Junger – Takes readers into the maelstrom and shows nature's splendid and dangerous havoc at its utmostOctober 1991 It was the perfect storm a tempest that may happen only once in a century a nor'easter create Takes Storm A True Story Kindle - readers into the Storm A PDF/EPUB » maelstrom and shows nature's splendid and dangerous havoc at its utmostOctober It was the perfect storm a tempest that may happen only once in a century a nor'easter created by so rare a combination of factors that it could not possibly have been worse Creating waves ten stories The Perfect PDF/EPUB ² high and winds of miles an hour the storm whipped the sea to inconceivable levels few people on Earth have Perfect Storm A True Story PDF or ever witnessed Few except the six man crew of the Andrea Gail a commercial fishing boat tragically headed towards its hellish center.

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  1. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    I didn't see the film so I came fresh to the book It had a lot of impact on me because I have been in a small boat a 34' catamaran in a 4 day storm out in the Atlantic before Brazil It wasn't a 'perfect storm' but it was still rough with huge seas and a constant exhausting beating against the wind It prevented us going into Fernando do Noronha our next stop we couldn set a course for the archipelago at all So I could not just see but feel what a difficult position they were in I know uite a bit about sword fishing I've read Linda Greenlaw's books An aside there are very few countries and vessels in the world where a woman would have the opportunity to swordfish let alone be a captain It is an extremely physical job setting hooks and suid bait on spooled longlines hat run for miles and rip your fingers The hooks are so big they could rip right through a man's palm if the spool should run on Then there is the killing of the swordfish when hauled in gutting and icing them As well as directing the crew a hard drinking group of macho men maintaining the boat it's structure mechanics and electronics The electronics depth sounders radar and the like are not just for navigation but crucial in working out where the fish are This was Linda's strength this finding the schools of swordfish Not only was Greenlaw one of an infintessimally small number of women swordfishing but she was the most successful captain of all time Where the normal catch is 1 ton a day for seven days straight she hauled in 5 tons each day The money from the catch on a boat is 50% to the owner then the expenses are taken off and a set formula applied to the rest where the captain takes the most and the newest deckhand the least That month the deckhand took home 10000How do I know about swordfishing? My ex husband was Chief Fisheries Officer and used to supervise the boats that came to fish in our waters Because the permits they bought were limited in what they could do and the by catch could not be sold a local would always be on the boat with them sometimes my ex It was all uite fascinatingSwordfish have a long barbed extension to their jaw that is both a weapon of attack and used to slash prey fish to weaken them When they are hauled on board alive they are very brave and will attack to the last They can kill a man or almost as bad a wound from the sword will almost always become infected and the boat might be very far in distance and time from home There are always by catch pulled up with the swordfish There are the tuna If you've only seen one dead held aloft by a fisherman it's as if you'd only ever seen a rose browned with frost and never in it's full bloom Sailing across the ocean three Atlantic blue fin tuna each about 15' swam in front of the boat maintaining an exact distance for than hour They were gorgeous a rainbow of shimmering colours like sunlight on oil like just beneath the surface But the tuna aren't a problem they are gutted and thrown on to the ice along with the swordfish generally a perk of the fishermen the boat owner doesn't get a share of by catch The problem is the live sharks pulled up They are vicious and their carcass is dangerous It alone will rip the skin from a man It's not smooth it's not even sandpaper like it's actually covered in tiny teeth denticles Sharks have to be shot as they being pulled up The fishermen sometimes take the teeth as mementos and to sell The flesh has to be thrown overboard immediately before it spoils and stinks of ammonia piss If shark is bled within minutes of being caught and then iced it is delicious It's a firm white fish with a mild flavour Very nice deep fried in the Trinidadian style of bake and shark with chives thyme garlic and hot peppersThe book was a blow by blow account of the storm and how it affected the crew their family on shore and the boat Andrea Gale Linda Greenlaw's sister ship Linda's boat was the Hannah Boden both owned by Alden Leeman The boat foundered amidst terrible seas and all crew were lost and never found It was a harrowing story and because I knew the subject so well I lived through it and felt it and it upset me a great deal The author Sebastian Junger has that power to bring you into the story and involve you I did enjoy it but perhaps not in uite the way one usually uses the word enjoy

  2. Matt Matt says:

    There was no God to turn to for mercy There was no government to provide order Civilization was ancient history Inside the ship as the heel increased even the most primitive social organization the human chain crumbled apart Love only slowed people down A pitiless clock was running The ocean was completely in control William Langewiesche A Sea Story On October 28 1991 the fishing vessel Andrea Gail and her crew of six men disappeared off the Grand Banks in a tremendous storm created byetc etc By now everyone knows the story of this ill fated little boat her tiny crew and the massive storm that swallowed them whole The book was a bestseller the instant it came out A blockbuster movie followed The phrase a perfect storm is the most overused shorthand phrase in our culture for awhile I thought it might be overtaken by Wall Street verses Main Street but alas the election is over and storms without imperfection are back in vogue Once upon a time though before George Clooney grew a great beard and drove his boat up a mountain sized CGI wave A Perfect Storm was simply a sharp bit of journalism Sebastian Junger found a newspaper clipping about the Andrea Gail's fate went to Gloucester with pen and pad and delved into the lives of her crew entering a normally taciturn and reticent community to show us their lives before their deaths It's worth remembering that Junger's book came out long before the History Channel abdicated it's purported mission to bring us Ice Road Truckers and Axe Men and before the Discovery Channel presented Swamp Loggers and Heli Loggers and yes Deadliest Catch Nowadays celebration of blue collar life is a cultural norm; it wasn't always that way Almost from the first sentences Junger who has now morphed into a semi self righteous self styled Homer of Afghanistan shows he has an excellent grasp of place The smell of the ocean is so strongit can almost be licked off the air Trucks rumble along Rogers Street and men in t shirts stained with fishblood shout to each other from the decks of boats Beneath them the ocean swells up against the black pilings and sucks back down to the barnacles Beer cans and old pieces of styrofoam rise and fall and pools of spilled diesel fuel undulate like huge irridescent jelly fishThe Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch of which I am a huge fan has turned a spotlight on the lives of fishermen We see these grizzled tough guys in all their rotgut swilling chain smoking foul mouthed glory At the time this was written though Junger's work was revelatory He presented them as iconoclasts; men who lived entirely in moments They could go out on a boat for a couple of weeks make a big score blow thousands of dollars in a couple days and go right back out on the ocean to do it again Junger finds a way to celebrate these lives without neglecting the broken marriages child support orders and limited windows within which these men could succeed After introducing us to the doomed Billy Tyne Michael Moran Dale Murphy Alfred Pierre Bobby Shatford and David Sullivan Junger sets out to sea This is where things could have gotten very tricky See very little is known about what happened to the Andrea Gail There were no survivors No mayday calls The EPIRBs never activated Attempts to locate the wreckage on the ocean floor have so far failed All we have is an empty ocean and miles to fill with supposition There are only two ways to write this story First Junger could have accepted he did not have enough material for a book and allowed this tale to remain as a long form article which is how it began the article is called The Storm published in Outside magazine Or two he could write a book in which the central event can only be hypothesized Junger chose the latter and having read many disaster books since I can see he chose a route fraught with peril relative to the craft of writing of course With so little upon which to hang the central narrative Junger has no choice but to pad the book with digressions and to shift the story away from the Andrea Gail and to other luckier boats caught in the storm Done poorly this tact would have left me resentful that I'd been sold a bill of goods Somehow though he pulls it off This is kind of a surprise Something about Sebastian Junger just calls out to be disliked Maybe it's his chiseled jaw perfectly symmetrical face and artfully cultivated five o'clock shadow Maybe it's the scent of young French nobleman that he gives off; a willingness to thrust himself into new worlds with both curiosity and entitlement this is unfortunately a strong undercurrent in his flat collection of stories entitled Fire a book notable today for a cameo made by former Northern Alliance leader Ahmad Massoud whose assassination by al aida was prepatory to the 911 attacks Junger is both everyman and know it all He can swill Wild Turkey while still cogitating on fluid dynamics long line fishing and the science of drowning There’s a whiff of Cliff Clavin about him sitting at the end of the bar half in the bag telling all the neighborhood drunks that their deeply held views about Afghanistan are ill conceived Except unlike Cliff Junger is probably right which makes him a little less likeable His saving grace is his ability to write Like the best journalists Junger writes clearly includes telling details and manages to convey difficult concepts like the physics of waves in a way that makes you feel better because you can understand them He also knows all the emotional beats and hits every one Junger intuits just where to place a single short sentence such as no one got off alive in order to induce chills For instance I've never forgotten the section of The Perfect Storm that tells you how someone drownsThe diving reflexis compounded by the general effect of cold temperature on tissue it preserves it All chemical reactions and metabolic processes become honey slow and the brain can get by on less than half the oxygen it normally reuires There are cases of people spending forty or fifty minutes under lake ice and surviving The colder the water the stronger the diving reflex and the longer the survival time The crew of the Andrea Gail do not find themselves in particularly cold water though; it may add five or ten minutes to their lives And there is no one around to save them anyway The electrical activity in their brain gets weaker and weaker until after fifteen or twenty minutes it ceases altogetherTheories about what happened to the Andrea Gail no matter how well reasoned and detailed could not have supported The Perfect Storm in book length There needed to be a B story Here Junger chooses to highlight the heroics and plight of the Coast Guard's parajumpers an elite suad of the best swimmers on Earth and also the subject of the Kevin Costner vehicle The Guardian which despite Ashton Kutcher's presence is not nearly as bad as you think These parts of the book are tense white knuckled and agonizing since unlike the foreordained fate of the Andrea Gail's crew you have no idea who is going to live and who is going to die The Perfect Storm is one of my favorite books It is as the subheading announces a story of men against the sea In other words it's a sea yarn perhaps my favorite yarn genre and Junger is a great raconteur He pulls together a number of different threads science literature the Bible various sea stories to form a single powerful piece It is a bit of audaciousness that pays off As I read this I pictured Junger as my narrator my own personal Marlow wearing a flannel shirt and sitting at the end of a dark Gloucester bar with smoke stained walls and a swordfish hung over the fireplace He strokes his perfect stubble while sipping Scotch neat Outside an autumn gale is raging pelting the windows with rain In the distance a foghorn sounds mournfully Junger begins to speak in his gruff yet Wesleyan educated voice The story is about men who go out in boats and about the seemingly infinite sea which like the Universe never ceases to awe no matter how small the rest of the world gets; the story tells of the power of waves and the dark spray swept terror and the loneliness of death and the men out on the ocean who vanish and whose lives are memories and whose deaths are mysteries

  3. Matthew Matthew says:

    This is a powerful and heart wrenching true story Many people are familiar with the movie – I saw it at the theater when it first came out in 2000 But it wasn’t until now that I finally read itIt is the story of many different people and how they were affected by the Perfect Storm also known as The No Name Storm and the Halloween Gale in the North Atlantic during Halloween week in 1991 The primary story follows the crew of the Andrea GailThe early part of the book is reminiscent of Moby Dick as you learn the ins and outs of sword fishing During this point it runs a fine line between being fascinating or dragging Luckily it is nowhere near as long as Moby Dick so it serves as a nice introduction to the atmosphere of the storyThen the storm hitsDuring the storm part of the book there are several tales of heroic rescues and tragic losses While the focus at first is on the Andrea Gail there are many other interesting stories from the North AtlanticIf you like non fiction harrowing tales of nature’s wrath and stories about people pushed to the very limits of endurance then I highly recommend this book Just be sure to bring along your Dramamine

  4. Debra Debra says:

    “How do men act on a sinking ship? Do they hold each other? Do they pass around the whisky? Do they cry?” October 1991 It was the perfect stormMost of us have seen the movie I have watched it many times and was inspired to read this book for a reading challenge I found it to be well written thoughtful educational moving and heart breaking The amount of research that went into the writing of this book is impressive Junger did his homework and it shows If you are expecting the book to be like the movie you watched you will be a little disappointed This book not only introduces you to the doomed men who set sail on the Andrea Gail it also tells the story of other boaters their near misses a helicopter going down rescues the dangers of hurricanes the ships that sunk and the dangers of fishingFishing continues to be one of the easiest ways in which to die while earning a paycheckThis book also educates the reader on swordfish fishing weather reports wave heights the euipment on the Andrea Gail rogue waves missing ships and what happens in your body when you drown Some may find the beginning of the book to be a little dry but I was fascinated with it Who knew I found fishing and boats so interesting? Plus he is giving us a glimpse into the life of the crew It also feels weird to say that I enjoyed this book which dealt with tragedy I thought it was very well done and told the story of known things that occurred when the crew and their boat went missing We know that the crew did not survive Junger cannot tell us what happened on the Andrea Gail during the storm but he does give a good account of what happened before after and what others reported experiencing during the storm Whatever it is one thing is know for sure Around midnight on October 28th when the storm is at its height off Sable Island something catastrophic happens abroad the Andrea GailThe Crew of the Andrea GailFrank William Billy Tyne Jr Captain aged 37Michael Bugsy Moran aged 36Dale R Murph Murphy aged 30Alfred Pierre aged 32 Robert F Bobby Shatford aged 30David Sully Sullivan aged 29Tyne's final recorded words were She's comin' on boys and she's comin' on strongHe did what ninety percent of us would've done he battened down the hatches and hung on says Tommy Barrie captain of the Allision He'd been gone well over a month He probably just said 'Screw it we've had enough of this shit' and kept heading homeThis book is not only about the men who were lost but about those who tried to save them and others It is about their family members their wives and girlfriends their town and the love of the seaOn November 6 1991 Andrea Gail's emergency position indicating radio beacon EPIRB was discovered washed up on the shore of Sable Island in Nova ScotiaFuel drums a fuel tank the EPIRB an empty life raft and some other flotsam were the only wreckage ever found Taken from WikipediaI found this book to be fascinating and recommend it to anyone who enjoys books about real events boating fishing etc

  5. Dannii Elle Dannii Elle says:

    How do men act on a sinking ship? Do they hold each other? Do they pass around the whisky? Do they cry?This is the heartbreaking true account of the last moments of those aboard the fateful last voyage of the Andrea Gail the swordfish boat caught in the heart of the ocean during one of the worst storms to hit the North American eastern seaboard in October 1991This book was of a factual account attempting to recreate the last days and the possible thoughts and actions of those who sadly lost their lives rather than an attempt to fictionalize their story Junger never lets his reader forget that this is a true life description; achieving this with passages from meteorologists other fishermen and the loved ones left to mourn those lost at sea Whilst being dense in the science of storms and the process of life on board a fishing schooner it is also thick with tragedy and truly does justice to the lost men who can now never be forgotten

  6. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    This book could easily sweep the floor with fictional thriller novels; to think that the events in it were true is really frightening But it's not really supposed to be scary It's the story of brave men fighting to survive against a storm that engulfs them and it's written vividly with lots of emotion and featuring people who are very memorable after reading about them It's really worth reading I highly recommend it

  7. Jr Bacdayan Jr Bacdayan says:

    All collapsed and the great shroud of the sea rolled on as it had five thousand years ago Moby Dick I have a special bond with this story My first encounter with The Perfect Storm was through watching the movie I still remember that movie clearly on my mind even though I haven't watched it for a few years now It's even easily in my top ten favorite movies of all time list I simply loved it As a child I had always been terrified of the ocean and all its dangers Strangely though I was in love with the concept of fishing even though I didn't like fish too much I remember watching the movie as a kid and considering the possibility of becoming a fisherman Yup I had those daydreams I would wait a decade before I would find out about the book A few weeks ago I was scouring Rob Ermita's Book Sale as I always do when I feel the need to read a real book After reading a few books from my Kindle I'd often feel hollow and I'd end up looking for solid empirical tree destroying ink drinking books I was shaken when I first saw the book That one of my favorite stories of all time was a book and I had no idea about it How it was able to elude me all these years remains such a great mystery to me Before we continue on I feel the need to remind you that this book is not a work of fiction this is a true storyMeteorologists see perfection in strange things Junger writes and the meshing of three completely independent weather systems to form a hundred year event is one of them My God thought Case this is the perfect storm This powerful book is a chilling daunting experience at one of the greatest forces of nature the world has ever seen and the lives of people it had on its mercy To be out at sea in the path of such an event would be a catastrophic experience And so it evidently proved for the six men aboard the Andrea Gail a 72 foot swordfish boat that disappeared off the coast of Nova Scotia on Oct 28 leaving behind only fuel drums a propane tank and sundry radio euipment that were found weeks later To dramatize the incredible fury of a severe storm at sea Junger reconstructs the fatal voyage of the Andrea GailHow does he manage to do this with no survivors to interview and with no details available about the ship's final hours of existence? A good deal is known up to a certain point the layout of the Andrea Gail; the routine of a previous outing; how the crew members spent their time before leaving Gloucester Mass their home port; the pressure they were under to fill their hold with swordfish; the high risk of injury or death in the business; the bad feelings about the coming trip that drove two crew members to walk away before it beganJunger nicely paces his narrative by interrupting it with histories of Gloucester of the New England fishing industry and its gradual decline and of the development of long line fishing dragging a 40 mile long monofilament with up to 1000 baited hooksHe creates a distinct atmosphere when he writes At dinner the crew talk about what men everywhere talk about women lack of women kids sports horse racing money lack of money work They talk a lot about work; they talk about it the way men in prison talk about time Work is what's keeping them from going home and they all want to go home You can sense the coming storm when he writes The sunset is a bloody rust red on a sharp autumn horizon and the night comes in fast with a northwest wind and a sky riveted with stars There's no sound but the smack of water on steel and the heavy gargle of the diesel engineFor information beyond what is known of the Andrea Gail's destruction Junger turns to people who had been through similar situations and survived From such interviews he learns what an 80 mile an hour wind sounds like and what it feels like to be tossed by waves 100 feet highPerhaps most compelling of all he explains in concrete detail why hurricanes blow how waves rise what happens to boats in a storm and the way human beings drown Thus he is able to reconstruct what he calls the zero moment point When drowning he writes in this frightening chapter the body could be likened to a crew that resorts to increasingly desperate measures to keep their vessel afloat He concludes Eventually the last wire has shorted out the last bit of decking has settled under the water The crew members of the Andrea Gail are deadAfter this calamity the narrative of The Perfect Storm abruptly shifts its focus to describe a couple of heart stopping rescue attempts one of them successful the other a costly fiasco by pararescue teams from the New York State Air National Guard What is particularly impressive here is the dedication of professional storm watchers to save any human life at sea no matter what foolishness or bad luck led to the troubleDespite the upbeat ending of The Perfect Storm what lingers is a sense of the cruel indifference of nature One chapter's epigraph uotes Moby Dick All collapsed and the great shroud of the sea rolled on as it had five thousand years agoEven chilling is the lack of closure that the families of the victims experienced Junger writes If the men on the 'Andrea Gail' had simply died and their bodies were lying in state somewhere their loved ones could make their goodbyes and get on with their lives But they didn't die they disappeared off the face of the earth and strictly speaking it's just a matter of faith that these men will never return Such faith takes work it takes effort The people of Gloucester must willfully extract these men from their lives and banish them to another world To have to strive for a belief in death and oblivion a perfect conclusion to The Perfect Storm NY Times Book ReviewThis book is a testament to the nature's power and it is fitting Awe is all I can use to describe what this fine piece of Journalism offers She's a beautiful lady one guy said jerking his thumb oceanward out the bar door but she'll kill ya without a second thought

  8. Alicia Alicia says:

    A mature hurricane is by far the most powerful event on earth; the combined nuclear arsenals of the United States the Soviet Union don't contain enough energy to keep a hurricane going for one day Page 102 I have had The Perfect Storm on my bookcase for uite sometime Near the end of Columbine the author Dave Cullen mentioned that Mr Junger's description of the crew of the Andrea Gail their last hours was what he strove for when he wrote his bookHe said that the way Mr Junger described their drowning prompted him to do justice to each victim at Columbine when he wrote his book so that one sentence made me pick up my copy of The Perfect Storm I am glad that I didWhat a readI could not stopHis descriptions of these men their lives lived on these huge boats was a different world to meI could not imagine thisHe went deep into describing how much goes into these shipping fishing sailing vesselsI have always felt that there is no force greater than a storming sea This book solidifies my view that nothing can contain Mother Nature out upon the oceanI enjoyed this read as much as I knew the outcome I kept reading It was also a lesson in nautical historyA lesson in how our armed forces work hand in hand with these seafaring AmericansThey roll out at a moments notice risk their own lives and sometimes lose their lives in their attempts I found myself wondering how in the world did 18th 19th century sailors get along? Amazing And to read that men still want nothing than to spend months upon months on our dangerous oceans willfully hoping that if a MAYDAY is sounded someone will come to their rescue They live on this hope They have toReading of the many different rescues was an eye openerI who faithfully watched each shuttle launch still do had no idea that an Air Guard C130 flies down to Florida to watch the launch and I did not know that an Air Force rescue crew heads out to Africa to cover the rest of the launch's flight into space just in case AMAZING I found this book just an excellent readI always love reading Sebastian Junger's articles in my monthly magazines; he never fails here he goes deepif you excuse the pun You can imagine the lives he enters It is a different world a transitory existence that seems to work for these seaside villagesMen who want no possessions and nothing to hold them down They live for the open seas Men like that still existI kept thinking of Herman Melville's Pierre; or The Ambiguities “for in tremendous extremities human souls are like drowning men well enough they know they are in peril well enough they know the causes of that peril nevertheless the Sea is the Sea these drowning men do drown”

  9. Ana Ana says:

    I like Junger's writing style a lot He's very poignant and manages to write in a both matter of factly and emotionally sensitive way at the same time This is the story he could piece together about one particular boat lost at sea as well as what might have happened to its crew during one of the worst storms ever recorded He does this by combining very technical know how about fishing and boats with an understanding of the psychology behind men's choices to go out at sea and how they deal with survival and death It is an immensely interesting book for someone like me who's curious about everything under the sun but I'm guessing it's also valuable to someone who actually is a fisherman because it's very adamant in offering correct information I totally recommend this

  10. ALLEN ALLEN says:

    Perfect of course means perfectly disastrous A Nor'easter forms when a tropical low meets a Canadian arctic blast which intensifies the storm and creates a whopper whether in the North Atlantic off the Northeast US coast or inland In late October 1991 a seasonal Nor'easter became even powerful by picking up energy from disintegrating Hurricane Grace a Perfect Storm Sebastian Junger's superlative telling of the real life event which resulted in this 1997 book and the 2000 movie starring George Clooney reveals the storm in its horrific destruction also the mixed results of rescue efforts that come when governmental resources are stretched a little too far The Perfect Storm A True Story of Men Against the Sea goes into matters that the Clooney film simply couldn't spend much time on such as the way a private pleasure boat apparently distracted rescue efforts from the fishing boat Andrea Gail also the extent to which the profit motive endangered the Andrea Gail to a larger extent than was strictly necessary Another factor in the way of update was that the Loran system of ship identification was allowed to die a few years ago to be replaced by GPS It remains to be seen whether that budget based decision was wise or not What is indisputable is that this is a fine gripping book and should be read by those who have seen the movie as well as those who haven't Image The Andrea Gail fishing boat

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