Canton Public Library Recommends Alive on the Andrea Doria for First Wave of Summer Reading

Peril on the Sea

CloseTitle: Alive on the Andrea Doria: the greatest sea rescue in history
Author: Simpson, Pierette Domenica
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index


At the mercy of the sea : the true story of three sailors in a Caribbean hurricane

By Marc (The United States) — 4 of 5 stars — December 19, 2007
Riveting. A speculative account of the fates of 3 sailors in trapped in the middle of Hurricane Lenny.

by John Krestschmer Endurance : [Shackleton’s incredible voyage to the Antarctic]

CloseTitle: Endurance : [Shackleton’s incredible voyage to the Antarctic]
Author: Lansing, Alfred
Note: Subtitle from cover

By Patrick (Capistrano Beach, CA) — 5 of 5 stars — February 03, 2008
An amazing book. I knew the general details of Shackleton’s 1914 expedition to be the first to cross Anarctica on foot, and of course I’d see the famous photos of his ship The Endurance tilted on its side, trapped in the ice.…

But that …more

By Vanessa (Petaluma, CA) — 5 of 5 stars — August 28, 2007
I rarely re-read books, but this was such a gripping, true-life adventure, and well told, that I have read it three times in the last fifteen years. I think it is due for another re-read! It blows my mind to think of what these men went through and how they survived being stuck in Antarctica for yea …more
By Brian (Tacoma, WA) — 4 of 5 stars — November 01, 2008
Astonishing. Inspiring. Barely believable. This is a case study in the lifesaving value of tenacity. The early days of Antarctic exploration were about 100 years ago. Ernest Shakleton and his men made several expeditions down to the great southern continent in this period, all of which are worthy of …more
By Davie (Stanford, CA) — 5 of 5 stars — May 10, 2007
Part ripping yarn, part social psychology experiment, part metaphor for graduate school — this is the most IN-CREDIBLE book that I’ve ever read.

It is insaaaaaannnneeeeee!!!!

But even though the whole time you are reading it, you are thinking to yourself — #$(*&@$%(*&#waaahh …more

By David (San Francisco, CA) — 4 of 5 stars — September 16, 2007
This is such a great story, and Lansing does it justice

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. If you’re not familiar with the facts of Shackleton’s antarctic expedition, read this book.

If you do, you will undoubtedly want to check out Caroline Alexander’s “The Endurance : Shackleton’s legendary Antarctic expedition” …more

By Sandra (La Conner, WA) — 5 of 5 stars — February 22, 2009
This is truly an amazing story. I wasn’t too interested in reading it, but Jeff kept encouraging me. I was having a lot of trouble believing what he was telling me about this book, as it didn’t seem humanly possible for men to survive in the conditions he described. At the beginning of the book …more
By Christie (Gardiner, MT) — 5 of 5 stars — October 09, 2008
I read this book quite a while ago, but would put it in my all-time list of top five favorite books. Lansing’s written account of the voyage is more more interesting and readable than Shackleton’s own accounts, as well as other author’s attempts to document the voyage. The story was so amazing to …more
By Rhonda (The United States) — 5 of 5 stars — March 07, 2009
Dale and I both read this book on the recommendation of one of my credit union members. This story is a gripping, true-life tale of Ernest Shackleton and his team of 27 men who attempted to cross the Antarctic in 1914. Alfred Lansing, who published it in 1959, assembled his narrative from diaries …more
By Bill (Elkton, FL) — 5 of 5 stars — April 05, 2010
Shortly before the outbreak of WWI several countries were racing to be the first to make it to the South Pole. Scott tried in 1901 and Shackleton tried in 1908 and both tried again in 1911. They were unsuccessful. Amundsen, a Norwegian, on December 14, 1911 was the first to reach the Pole.
I …more
By Kyle (Logan, UT) — 5 of 5 stars — March 08, 2010
It was amazing to see how positive the entire party was throughout the ordeal. Shackleton’s leadership style was amazing. He was able to keep the party level-headed and calm despite an extremely small possibility of survival. I believe that without that style of leadership, no one would have survive …more

by Alfred Lansing ; photography by Frank Hurley 

Fitzgerald’s storm : the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Joseph MacInnis 

In the heart of the sea : the tragedy of the whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick 


Reviews from GoodReads


By Eric_W (Forreston, IL) — 5 of 5 stars — November 30, 2008
There would appear to be numerous yacht races around the world, all vying for the title of the “most dangerous,” “worst seas,” “most deadly weather,” etc., etc. The criteria seem to be the most number of sailors killed. Many of these races are beginning to attract the unskilled, much lik …more
By John (The United States) — 5 of 5 stars — April 13, 2009
If you like the feeling of goosebumps running up and down your body and damp cheeks from tears, this is the book for you. Near impossible to put down.
By Catharine (Laguna Beach, CA) — 5 of 5 stars — August 19, 2008
What a wild and painful ride! In one breath I was thinking, men died here for no reason. The weather forecasters knew .. but a tired code of no alarm sent me into a vicious sea. Those who survived had stories to tell that set the heart to fast beat and drew a small bead of sweat upon the upper bro …more
By David (Northwood, NH) — 5 of 5 stars — March 09, 2007
A great book that tells the stories of half a dozen boats that endured the deadly 1998 Sydhob, an off shore yacht race from Sydney Austrailia to Hobart Tazmania. It’s the only book on this race that gives “Midnight Rambler” the credit for winning on corrected time. Great book!

by Martin Dugard


Left for dead : the untold story of the tragic 1979 Fastnet Race by Nick Ward with Sinéad O’Brien


Mighty fitz : the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Michael Schumacher


Not without hope by Nick Schuyler and Jeré Longman


The other side of the night : the Carpathia, the California and the night the Titanic was lost


By Jill (Charleston, WV) — 4 of 5 stars — March 05, 2010
This short but informative book approaches the Titanic tragedy from another angle……the actions taken by the two ships, the Californian and the Carpathia, which were in the closest positions to the foundering liner. The author, who has also written other books on the age of the luxury liner, util …more
By Becca (Los Angeles, CA) — 4 of 5 stars — October 21, 2009
If you like adventure books or historical books, you will like this one. I am a sucker for any sort of historical adventure. This book looks at the Titanic disaster from the point of view of the two ships closest two it on that fateful night – the Carpathia and the Californian. Two very different …more
By Vena (The United States) — 2 of 5 stars — December 22, 2009
Butler’s bias is blatant. For example, he gives full value to Donkeyman Gill’s discredited story and evidently has accepted the 1912 in-their-own-interest findings of the Board of Trade. Robert Ballard’s discovery of the Titanic in 1985 (its location released to the public in 1987) must have throw …more

by Daniel Allen Butler


The perfect storm : a true story of men against the sea


Reviews from GoodReads

By Beth (Madison, WI) — 2 of 5 stars — September 28, 2007
I thought this would be a pretty interesting book – I had vaguely heard the story when the movie came out, although I haven’t seen the movie.

The Perfect Storm is a great name for the book, as the book revolved around the storm that took out the Andrea Gail. It gave a lot of good informa …more

By Jennifer (Jamaica Plain, MA) — 4 of 5 stars — July 08, 2007
This was pretty good and read really quickly, especially toward the end. The quite drawn-out description of what it’s like to drown was terrifying, as well as the description of what the ocean is like in a storm like that. I’m scared of the ocean so I found it oddly fascinating in a horrific way. …more
By Eva (New York, NY) — 2 of 5 stars — November 29, 2007
I had heard that this book was good but I thought it was sort of boring. I don’t know anything about boating and I think you have to have some boating knowledge before reading this book. There are pages and pages of descriptions about what a swordfishing boat looks like, using words I had never even …more
By Sumi (The United States) — March 07, 2010
Sebastian Junger does an great job in his masterpiece, The Perfect Storm. This was my first book read which was of his and I really have to say it was a well written work and had many elements of emotion attached to each of the different scenarios it poses. Junger does a great job of getting into th …more
By Ann (The United States) — 3 of 5 stars — February 26, 2009
I read this book because I had read 3 by Linda Greenlaw, a fisherman who, at the time of this storm was captain of the Hannah Boden, sister boat to the Andrea Gail which was lost in the storm. She is mentioned numerous times in the book and was portrayed in the movie, The Perfect Storm, by Mary Stua …more
By Susan (New York, NY) — 3 of 5 stars — January 20, 2009
I was motivated to read this book after I fell in love with authors like Krakauer and Pierce who wrote books on real, chaotic events that have inspired many. For example, Krakauer writes about mountain climbing experiences and experiences in the snow while Pierce wrote about a plane crash in the And …more
By Katherine (The United States) — 5 of 5 stars — January 02, 2009
Junger’s book, The Perfect Storm, documents the storm and the disappearance of a sword fishing boat, The Andrea Gail, which took place off of the Massachusetts coast in the early 1990s. The Andrea Gail set out several days prior to the storm beginning and was having very bad luck finding swordfis …more
By CC (The United States) — 3 of 5 stars — February 16, 2010
We enter the doomed fate of the fishing boat, the Andrea Gail, mostly through the eyes of one of its six crew members, Bobby Shatford. Bobby’s fiance, a divorced woman with three kids to supposrt — Christina Cotter — is depending on Bobby. In turn, Bobby, who owes thousands of dollars of back chil …more
By Bobbi (The United States) — 4 of 5 stars — January 31, 2010
Since the Mayflower, my relatives were fisherman around Gloucester, making this book a fascinating read for me. I remember my great grandfather talking about cod fishing on the Grand Banks and the storms that sank friends’ boats. Not long after I read the book, I was staying in a bed and breakfast i …more
By Robbie (The United States) — 4 of 5 stars — November 12, 2009
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea (Hardcover)
by Sebastian Junger
256 pages
W. W. Norton & Company

A group of swordfish fisherman, were having trouble making end’s meat, not getting enough catches. However, their captain, Billy, had an …more

by Sebastian Junger


Revenge of the whale : the true story of the whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick


Sailing Grace : a true story of death, life, and the sea by John Otterbacher

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