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Featured Books—December 2015 Issue

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

By Nathaniel Philbrick
Paperback. 302 pp. Penguin Books. $10.82

In 1820, the whaleship Essex was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale, leaving the desperate crew to drift for more than 90 days in three tiny boats. Nathaniel Phil—and now, its epic adaptation for the big screen—will forever place the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon.

Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson star in a new Ron Howard film based on this National Book Award–winning account of the true events behind the classic novel “Moby Dick.”

The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Rescue

By Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman
Paperback. 224 pp. Scribner. $11.89

In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor’easter in years. As the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind-whipped zone of peril, setting the stage for one of the most heroic rescue stories in history. In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, found themselves in the same horrifying predicament. Built with “dirty steel,” and not prepared to withstand such ferocious seas, both tankers split in two, leaving the dozens of men on board utterly at the Atlantic’s mercy. This book has been made into a new film starring Chris Pine.

Sea—A Stranded Novel (Volume 2)

By Theresa Shaver
Paperback. 212 pp. CreateSpace Independent Publishing. $10.99

A group of teens on a class trip to Disneyland are left stranded after an EMP over North America has destroyed everything electronic. No cars, no planes, no phones, no electricity. Refusing to wait for someone else to help them, 10 courageous young people take charge of their future and choose to begin the long journey home. Miles of adventure, the open water and lawless country awaits. The question is: Will their determination be enough to handle it all?

By Steppe, Desert, and Ocean: The Birth of Eurasia

By Sir Barry Cunliffe
Hardcover. 512 pp. Oxford University Press. $47.45

Barry Cunliffe tells the story of how humans first started building the globalized world we know today. Set on a huge continental stage, from Europe to China, it covers more than 10,000 years, from the origins of farming around 9,000 B.C. to the expansion of the Mongols in the 13th century A.D.

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