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Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro

A Perfect Storm for a new generation, Rachel Slade's Into the Raging Sea is a masterful page-turning account of the El Faro's sinking.Ben Mezrich, bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of FacebookThe one account Ive read that solves the riddle of El Faro convincingly and thoroughly. Superbly written, Into the Raging Sea deserves a place on the bookshelf of modern maritime classics. Even those who have followed El Faro closely will find major surprises here.Robert Frump, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Until the Sea Shall Free Them: Life, Death, and Survival in the Merchant MarineOn October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin barreled into the Bermuda Triangle and swallowed the container ship El Faro whole, resulting in the worst American shipping disaster in thirty-five years. No one could fathom how a vessel equipped with satellite communications, a sophisticated navigation system, and cutting-edge weather forecasting could suddenly vanishuntil now.Relying on hundreds of exclusive interviews with family members and maritime experts, as well as the words of the crew members themselveswhose conversations were captured by the ships data recorderjournalist Rachel Slade unravels the mystery of the sinking of El Faro. As she recounts the final twenty-four hours onboard, Slade vividly depicts the officers anguish and fear as they struggled to carry out Captain Michael Davidsons increasingly bizarre commands, which, they knew, would steer them straight into the eye of the storm. Taking a hard look at America's aging merchant marine fleet, Slade also reveals the truth about modern shippinga cut-throat industry plagued by razor-thin profits and ever more violent hurricanes fueled by global warming.A richly reported account of a singular tragedy, Into the Raging Sea takes us into the heart of an age-old American industry, casting new light on the hardworking men and women who paid the ultimate price in the name of profit....

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Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro Reviews

  • Tonstant Weader

    Shipping is dangerous work and ships run aground, capsize, founder, or sink nearly every day. Some of these tragedies, though, capture the imagination and inspire writers to explore the reasons for their loss and to find some deeper meaning. The sinking of El Faro in Hurrican Joaquin on October 1, 2015, is just such a storm and has already inspired at least three books so far. Rachel Slade’s Into the Raging Sea seeks to do more than tell the story of the loss of El Faro and its thirty-three crew ...more

  • Martin

    This was a very difficult book to read. The book was reviewed as a thriller about the sinking of a container ship in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Joaquin with a loss of 33 lives. It had some thriller elements but it had a bit too much technical information about the ship, the weather forecasting, the maritime company that was indifferent to the loss of the ship etc. This bogged down the compelling narrative of the ships loss and a tyrannical captain who wouldn't listen to reason. I think ...more

  • Zachary

    This is a fascinating account of the sinking of El Faro, a 700+ ft shipping vessel in 2015. The book delves into modern shipping, the history of ship building, and the pressures of capitalism without ever neglecting the human stories. The recovery of the ship's audio recordings takes readers into the bridge on the last day before the sinking. This is a good book.

  • Peter L

    Into the Raging Sea: An Account of America’s Greatest Maritime Disaster Since WWj2

    A full and complete factual account of how 33 souls lost their lives in a hurricane that could have been avoided. The factual account on both the sailers on board as well as the ship that sunk, is riveting. Background information is provided for all concerned.

  • Craig

    A fascinating story. I'm just not thrilled with the way it was told. The author is far from objective in her reporting. It is clear she believes the shipping company was to blame in this tragedy. So the question: Is this a fact-based documentary or an editorial? And there is a bit too much license taken in some spots. We're told that the crew's conversations are often hard to decipher. Yet along with their words (accuracy of which is not disputed) we're often told what the speaker is thinking an ...more

  • Jeff Dow

    A compelling look into the (preventable) disaster of the EL FARO sinking. Rachel Slade delves into the complex narrative by weaving climatology, ship building, maritime law, hurricane forecasting, corporate malfeasance, and human behavior into this book

  • Pam Cipkowski

    A thrilling, heart-stopping, on the edge of your seat account of the deadliest American maritime disaster since World War II. More engrossing than any Clive Cussler/Tom Clancy-like pulp thriller. Rachel Slade deftly and expertly recounts the tale of container ship El Faro’s heartbreaking final journey that took her into the eye of Hurricane Joaquin in 2015. A contender for Book of the Year. You won’t be able to put this one down.

  • Patrick SG

    An excellent and harrowing account of the loss of a ship with 33 people aboard during Hurricane Joaquin in 2015. For those who wondered how a ship could have deliberately moved into the path of a tropical system like this the book provides the answer.

    Unlike the classic "The Perfect Storm," which this book might be compared to, the author of this book has access to a valuable resource - more than 25 hours of recordings made on the bridge of the ships officers conversations. Much like an airliner'
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