The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea - Sebastian Junger

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

By Sebastian Junger

  • Release Date: 1997-05-17
  • Genre: Nature
Score: 4.5
From 231 Ratings


"There is nothing imaginary about Junger's book; it is all terrifyingly, awesomely real." —Los Angeles Times

It was the storm of the century, boasting waves over one hundred feet high—a tempest created by so rare a combination of factors that meteorologists deemed it "the perfect storm." In a book that has become a classic, Sebastian Junger explores the history of the fishing industry, the science of storms, and the candid accounts of the people whose lives the storm touched. The Perfect Storm is a real-life thriller that makes us feel like we've been caught, helpless, in the grip of a force of nature beyond our understanding or control.

Winner of the American Library Association's 1998 Alex Award.


  • The people who risk their lives to save another in distress. Amazing people. Very good book

    By Solar Globe 88
    Enjoyed it. Wow
  • Read this book for class!👌🚢⚓

    By AliHammertime
    In meteorology class we are reading this and I just can't get focused and interested! There's just a lot of skipping back and forth through time periods and it's hard to focus on it. Some parts are really good and some parts are really boring! The actually story, not the explanations of things, is interesting though! I'd give the movie 5 ⭐! 👍
  • One of my favorite books ever

    By Bodiez
    Don't compare this book to the movie at all. This book had me captivated from beginning to end. It was a great story and incredibly fun to read and informative.
  • So interesting!

    By JenH2800
    What an awesome read! Sebastian Junger tells a compelling story of fishermen's lives, and the true respect we should have for the raw power of nature. I'm not usually one for reading about facts and details but I found them so interesting in this book. I was so intrigued to learn some of the 'behind the scenes' info about fishing. Must read!
  • Terrific Nonfiction work

    By Joe Russ
    Really interesting book that showsexactly what life is like for a fisherman and why he or she would risk their lives doing this difficult work. Junger gives you an idea of what the men who died were like and why they needed to fish. Gives you a look into who the fishermen were and why you would be sorry about their passing.
  • OK

    By Robinoxen
    Now this book is a very good book. Saying that, the book was just boring to me. I felt most of it were facts, and it was boring. (Especially in the beginning) BUT it gets more and more interesting as you go.
  • Perfect book for a perfect storm

    This book is amazing
  • Quite possibly the worst book I have ever read

    By rct2guy
    This is a horrible book. The concept is a good idea: The story of a crew lost at sea. The fact that it's non-fiction makes it even more appealing. Unfortunately, that's not the case. Junger includes many meaningless details about the ship, or how to fish, or how waves work. This information fills about half the book, and doesn't apply to the story at all. What's more, Junger gives this information to you in a horribly formatted way, with quotes written without quotation marks, and everything in paragraph format. Junger also veers off topic in the book's last couple chapters, into an entire other plot line contained within the storm. These two plot lines never meet up. Overall, this book probably started off on the right foot, and Junger did a good job of getting the right information from the right people, but, for the most part, there's way too much.
  • The Perfect Documentary

    By rshuston
    My father loaned me his copy of this book a number of years ago and, although I always wanted to have a copy of my own, I never got around to getting it. That is, until it got released on the iBooks store. The book still reads like it did for me the first time. Very well researched, both exciting and terrifying, an honor to the living and very respectful of the dead. I never saw the movie, but it's been my experience that movies can never do justice to books like this. Read the book!