In the Heart of the Sea

The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

By Nathaniel Philbrick
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780141001821, 320pp.)

Publication Date: May 1, 2001

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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Wishaw, and Brendan Gleeson, and directed by Ron Howard.
The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with twenty crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than ninety days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents-including a long-lost account written by the ship's cabin boy-and penetrating details about whaling and the Nantucket community to reveal the chilling events surrounding this epic maritime disaster. An intense and mesmerizing read, "In the Heart of the Sea" is a monumental work of history forever placing the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon.



About the Author
Nathaniel Philbrick is the National Book Award winning author of "In the Heart of the Sea", "Revenge of the Whale", "Sea of Glory", and others. Philbrick has won numerous awards for his work, including the Massachusetts Book Award, the Albion-Monroe Award, and the New England Book Award; his book "Mayflower "was" "nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007. His book "The Last Stand "was named an ALA Notable Book and was the basis for a two-hour PBS American Experience film called "Custer s Last Stand". A graduate of Duke and Brown Universities, he currently lives in New England.
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