Into the Raging Sea - Rachel Slade

Into the Raging Sea

By Rachel Slade

  • Release Date: 2018-05-01
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 4
4
From 32 Ratings

Description

ONE OF JANET MASLIN’S MUST-READ BOOKS OF THE SUMMER

A NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR'S CHOICE

ONE OF OUTSIDE MAGAZINE’S BEST BOOKS OF THE SUMMER

“A powerful and affecting story, beautifully handled by Slade, a journalist who clearly knows ships and the sea.”—Douglas Preston, New York Times Book Review

“A Perfect Storm for a new generation.”
—Ben Mezrich, bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook

On 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 vanish—until now.

Relying on hundreds of exclusive interviews with family members and maritime experts, as well as the words of the crew members themselves—whose conversations were captured by the ship’s data recorder—journalist 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 Davidson’s 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 shipping—a 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.

Reviews

  • Into the Raging Sea

    5
    By Kbayham
    A very engrossing read. Didn’t know anything about this actual event, so reading about it and learning about the maritime industry (what an absolutely criminal mess) made me furious and sad. As long as rich ship owners exist, we will continue to see these preventable tragedies happen. I just hope authors like this one continue to tell the world about them.
  • Excellent read!

    5
    By second rate cellist
    Could not put it down: insightful, thoroughly researched and eminently readable factual presentation of the causes, including hubris, of the sinking of El Faro and loss of its crew. Also, a good overview of maritime law, history and current fault lines that should be a must-read for anyone in the shipping industry. Makes one appreciate the sacrifices so many make to give us all the goods we really take for granted. Bravo!
  • Into the Raging Sea

    5
    By selden squire
    Poignant, riveting, jaw dropping, outrageous, and oh so sad! A beautifully written piece on a preventable tragedy, I could not put it down. Steve Mathews Nashville TN
  • Good but!

    3
    By Hbbetty171
    This is a compelling story written by someone who really understand the maritime industry. The “but” is there is too much extraneous information which interrupts the flow of the story. After reading the book I was angry at the captain, the shipping company and the Coast Guard.