From the author of In the Hurricane’s Eye and Valiant Ambition, the riveting and critically acclaimed bestseller and a major motion picture starring Chris Hemsworth, directed by Ron Howard.
Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson star in a film based on this National Book Award–winning account of the true events behind Moby Dick.
In 1820, the whaleship Essex was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale, leaving the desperate crew to drift for more than ninety days in three tiny boats. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents and vivid details about the Nantucket whaling tradition to reveal the chilling facts of this infamous maritime disaster. In the Heart of the Sea—and now, its epic adaptation for the screen—will forever place the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon.
Nathaniel Philbrick grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and earned a BA in English from Brown University and an MA in America Literature from Duke University, where he was a James B. Duke Fellow. He was Brown University’s first Intercollegiate All-American… More about Nathaniel Philbrick
“Fascinating…One of our country’s great adventure stories…when it comes to extremes, In the Heart of the Sea is right there.”—The Wall Street Journal
“A book that gets in your bones…Philbrick has created an eerie thriller from a centuries old tale….Scrupulously researched and eloquently written…it would have earned Melville’s admiration.”—The New York Times Book Review
“[Told] with verve and authenticity…a classic tale of the sea.”–San Francisco Chronicle
“Nathaniel Philbrick has taken one of the most horrifying stories in maritime history and turned it into a classic….One of the most chilling books I have ever read.”–Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm