In the heart of the sea


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“How much of assumed national and personal character comes from the fact that we have never truly known need to the point of having our character tested?”
In the Heart of the Sea 

In 1819, 20 crewmembers set sail on a ship called the Essex to hunt whales. They left the popular whaling island of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and headed for the South Pacific in what was to be a routine voyage. Instead, they found themselves part of one of the most horrifying maritime disasters in American history when an 85-foot angry sperm whale rammed and sunk their vessel. For 90 days, the crew drifted in small boats with no sense of where they were in the vast sea. Facing starvation, disease, brutal weather, and a near loss of hope, they succumbed to drastic measures as they fought to stay alive. Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea tells the true story of the crewmembers’ fight for survival, and the circumstances surrounding the disaster that inspired Herman Melville’s novel, Moby-Dick, 30 years later.*

*From Penguin Random House Reader’s Guide 

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In the Heart of the Sea:
Young Reader’s Edition

by Nathaniel Philbrick

Alternatively, consider reading our companion title for all ages: In the Heart of the Sea: Young Reader’s Edition by Nathaniel Philbrick.

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