In the Heart of the Sea, by Nathaniel Philbrick

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In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143126812
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Published: Penguin Books - November 10th, 2015

In the Heart of the Sea tells the ill-fated story of the Essex, a whaling ship from Nantucket in the early 19th century. After an enraged whale sinks their ship in the middle of the South Pacific, 20 men set out in three tiny lifeboats for the coast of South America. Three months later, only eight are still alive. This tragedy would become, in part, the inspiration for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Philbrick does a great job of interweaving the survival story, with a history of the Nantucket whalers. Now I need to go back and read his earlier best seller, The Mayflower. A really great author.