A Voyage for Madmen (Paperback)

By Peter Nichols

Harper Perennial, 9780060957032, 336pp.

Publication Date: June 4, 2002



In 1968, nine sailors set off on the most daring race ever held: to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe nonstop. It was a feat that had never been accomplished and one that would forever change the face of sailing. Ten months later, only one of the nine men would cross the finish line and earn fame, wealth, and glory. For the others, the reward was madness, failure, and death.

In this extraordinary book, Peter Nichols chronicles a contest of the individual against the sea, waged at a time before cell phones, satellite dishes, and electronic positioning systems. A Voyage for Madmen is a tale of sailors driven by their own dreams and demons, of horrific storms in the Southern Ocean, and of those riveting moments when a split-second decision means the difference between life and death.

Praise For A Voyage for Madmen

-Wall Street Journal

“A riveting account of the triumphant human spirit.”
-Publishers Weekly

“A haunting story...[that] succeeds on the grandest scale.”
-The Oregonian

“Reads like a suspense novel.”

“Fascinating...A great story...an excellent examination of the world’s first nonstop, solo race around the world.”
-San Diego Union Tribune

“Extraordinary ...One of the most gripping sea stories I have ever read.”
-Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm