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Storm : stories of survival from land and sea
Willis, Clint.
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New York : Thunder's Mouth Press : Balliett & Fitzgerald : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [2000]

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xiii, 363 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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PS374.S85 W734 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS374.S85 W734 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS374.S85 W734 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Adrenaline Books' search for the world's best and most exciting reading has taken readers from the peaks of Everest to the jungles of Papua, New Guinea. Now, publishing's most successful adventure literature series returns with Storm, first-hand accounts of battling the elements: hurricanes; blizzards; tornadoes; sandstorms -- in mountains, seas, plains, and jungles. Included are sections from sailors, climbers, captains, and other hardy souls, such as Patrick O'Brien, Stephen Venables,Chris Bonington, Sebastian Junger, Joseph Conrad and Apsley Cherry-Garrard. Harrowing adventures that test human endurance, Storm contains stories of individuals who must fight to stay alive: Barry Lopez is trapped among arctic floes by a sudden squall; Art Davidson's team freezes in a wind storm on Mt. McKinley as the temperature hits 148 degrees below zero; an idyllic sail turns tragic when Gordon Chaplin loses his ship and lover in a South Pacific typhoon. Adrenaline Books presents the latest installment of the most thrilling accounts of men and women who have had to face the full force of nature's fury.

Author Notes

Sebastian Junger was born in 1962 in Belmont, Massachusetts. He received his BA degree from Wesleyan University in Cultural Anthropology in 1984. He is a freelance journalist who writes for numerous magazines, including Outside, American Heritage, Men's Journal, and the New York Times Magazine. As an underemployed journalist who assigned himself stories and worked as a stringer for the Associated Press in Bosnia, Junger was fascinated by the dangers that people face regularly while doing ordinary jobs.

Junger was working as a climber for a tree removal service when the storm occurred that provided the inspiration for his first book. The Perfect Storm (1997) is a carefully researched account of the wreck of the swordfishing boat Andrea Gail, The wreck took place during what one meteorologist called a "perfect storm"--a storm with the worst possible conditions. In order to relate the story of a disaster that left no survivors and had no eyewitnesses, Junger used a combination of sound research, technical detail, and personal insight to reconstruct the final hours. After the publication of this book he was nicknamed the new Hemingway. In 2000, this book was made into a film starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg.

He wrote several books such as War which is about his time spent with a U.S. Army platoon in Afghanistan. At the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 his documentary Restrepo won Grand Jury Prize for a domestic documentary.

Junger's book, Tribe, made the New York Times Bestseller list in 2016.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

In its latest compilation of short works and extracts about people in dire straits, Willis (editor, Dark: Stories of Madness, Murder and the Supernatural) presents stories of survival in storms. The opening piece is a riveting, disturbing essay by a man who lost his wife and boat after deciding to ride out a typhoon instead of seeking shelter. In another, one of the guides of the doomed 1996 Everest expedition describes what led to his losing several members to exposure. The 18 stories are a mixture of fiction, memoir, and description and cover a variety of circumstances and times. John Muir, Leo Tolstoy, Wallace Stegner, Richard Byrd, Jack London, and Sebastian Junger are among the writers represented. The individual pieces are interesting, sometimes even absorbing, but the overall effect is much the same for all: storms are big, man is small, and strength, character, and preparation make the difference between survival and disappearance. For sports collections in large libraries.DEdwin B. Burgess, US Army Combined Arms Research Lib., Fort Leavenworth, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.