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In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

From the author of the forthcoming book, Valiant Ambition, the riveting and critically acclaimed bestseller, soon to be a major motion picture on December 11, 2015, directed by Ron Howard

Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson will star in a new 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.

PREFACE: February 23, 1821

Chapter 1: Nantucket

Chapter 2: Knockdown

Chapter 3: First Blood

Chapter 4: The Lees of Fire

Chapter 5: The Attack

Chapter 6: The Plan

Chapter 7: At Sea

Chapter 8: Centering Down

Chapter 9: The Island

Chapter 10: The Whisper of Necessity

Chapter 11: Games of Chance

Chapter 12: In the Eagle's Shadow

Chapter 13: Homecoming

Chapter 14: Consequences

EPILOGUE: Bones

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