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The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea - Book Review

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger was an enjoyable read. I understand there’s some controversy about the level of journalism and the accuracy, but if you accept it as a narrative-based interpretation of the events, it’s a fun read. If you’re like me, this book will have you spending hours (during and after reading it) on wikipedia reading about nautical information, fishing practices, weather and meteorology.

There’s enough meteorological, nautical and fishing-industry information to make it an educational read, but enough character and narrative to keep you turning the pages. You’ll definitely start to feel something for the crew of the Andrea Gail, and the tension rises with the storm, the rescue attempts and the aftermath. Even if you’ve seen the movie, this book is still worth reading, definitely more information and breadth.

This book started me on a non-fiction-books-about-fishing kick, and I picked up a couple by Linda Greenlaw that were quite enjoyable, and I’d also recommend.

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