The amazingly true story that inspired Moby Dick, this is the story of the horrific sequence of events that unfolded for the men on the whaleship Essex. Superbly researched, the book is packed with information from countless sources. Philbrick presents an engrossing narrative supported by further explanation from modern sociology, psychology, and biology, among others. Simple and easy to digest, In the Heart of the Sea takes the reader back to a different era where the men were prone to a unique set of horrors--both from nature and man. Great for anyone looking for a historic, true adventure story. (Read it before the Ron Howard movie comes out in December 2015!)
Recounts the story of the 1820 wreck of the whaleship Essex, which in its time was as mythic as the sinking of the Titanic and which inspired Melville's classic Moby Dick, and recounts its doomed crew's ninety-day attempt to survive whale attacks and the elements on three tiny lifeboats. 125,000 first printing. First serial, Vanity Fair.