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

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
Helpful Score: 3


One of the most fascinating books I've ever read. The research is immaculate and the author's choice of what version of stories he includes seems fair. The controversy, publicity, and tragedy of the events in this story of whaling were of a very high impact for the entire industry and area where whaling was a way of life. The entire feel of how whaling was conducted and what life on ships was like comes through. More prurient aspects, such as cannibalism amongst shipwreck survivors is not minimized but it also isn't sensationalized. One comes to feel very close to the men going through this terrible event. And one also comes to feel close to understanding how rough this way of life really was.