'I can testify that storms change lives, because one changed mine' - John Rousmaniere, from the Introduction. John Rousmaniere's classic "Fastnet, Force 10", which the "Los Angeles Times" called 'a narrative worthy of the best sea literature', established him as one of the foremost nautical writers of our time. In "After the Storm", his most ambitious work yet, his quest for meaning amid chaos takes storm stories to a new level of revelation and universality. "After the Storm" is a moving, provocative exploration of the roots and consequences of sudden tragedy in human affairs.'Vivid, wise, and heartfelt. The crowning achievement of one of America's foremost sailing writers' - Nathaniel Philbrick, National Book Award, winning author of "Into the Heart of the Sea". 'As captivating as it is unusual. Rousmaniere's descriptions of hurricanes and shipwrecks are among the best in the literature of the sea, but his book is far more than a sea story' - Philip Caputo, Pulitzer Prize, winning author of "A Rumor of War" and "The Voyage"." Among writers who sail and sailors who write, John Rousmaniere is unrivalled in his technical expertise, his breadth of thought and feeling, and in his vigour and lucidity as a storyteller. His best book yet' - Jonathan Raban, author of "Passage to Juneau" and "Bad Land". 'A thinking person's Perfect Storm' - Daniel Finamore, Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History, Peabody Essex Museum. 'No one writes about the violence of the sea better than John Rousmaniere, and he proves it again and again in After the Storm' - Stuart Woods, author of "Blue Water", "Green Skipper" and "The Short Forever".
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John Rousmaniere is a national authority on sailing and seamanship, a household name among boaters, and a first-rate writer by any standard. He is the author of 18 books, including Fastnet, Force 10 (W.W. Norton), which has sold nearly 100,000 copies since 1980, and The Annapolis Book of Seamanship (Simon & Schuster), which is considered the standard work on seamanship under sail and has sold 250,000 copies since 1983. His other titles include a history of yachting, The Golden Pastime (W.W. Norton), two histories of the America's Cup race, and a history of the yacht America. He wrote the navigation section of the Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia and compiled the Illustrated Dictionary of Boating Terms (W.W. Norton, 1998). He has written the histories of institutions such as Columbia University, The Equitable Life Assurance Company, and the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell. He lectures at Safety-at-Sea seminars across the country, writes a column on seamanship for the online magazine SailNet (www.sailnet.com), and regularly publishes articles in the boating press. He has been interviewed on the Learning Channel, A&E, and CNN. He has sailed more than 35,000 miles, including three Atlantic crossings. He holds a master's in history from Columbia University and a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological. HOMETOWN: Stamford, CT
Table of Contents
Introduction1. Ariel and Percy Bysshe Shelley: Italy, 18222. The Elizabeth and Margaret Fuller: New York, 18503. The Yankee Gale: Gulf of St. Lawrence, 18514. The Escape of the Calliope: Samoa, 18895. The Loss of the Portland: Massachusetts Bay, 18986. Hamrah and the Ameses: The North Atlantic, 19357. The Wreck of the Pollux: Newfoundland, 19428. Derelicts: Mary Celeste (Azores, 1872) and First Draft (Gulf Stream, 1996)9. "Amazing Graces": The Prophet, the Apostle, and the Hymn Writer10. The Ulysses Generation in the Southern OceanAppendixStorm StrategyGlossaryNotesSourcesAcknowledgmentsIndexAbout the Author
After the Storm by John Rousmaniere
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