A Perfect Storm for a new generation, Rachel Slade's Into the Raging Sea is a masterful page-turning account of the El Faro's sinking.Ben Mezrich, bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of FacebookThe one account Ive read that solves the riddle of El Faro convincingly and thoroughly. Superbly written, Into the Raging Sea deserves a place on the bookshelf of modern maritime classics. Even those who have followed El Faro closely will find major surprises here.Robert Frump, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Until the Sea Shall Free Them: Life, Death, and Survival in the Merchant MarineOn 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 vanishuntil now.Relying on hundreds of exclusive interviews with family members and maritime experts, as well as the words of the crew members themselveswhose conversations were captured by the ships data recorderjournalist 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 Davidsons 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 shippinga 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....
|Title||:||Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro|
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Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro Reviews
So much of our country’s history is bound up in the sea. Our relationship to the ocean has defined us in many ways over the years. Even now, our waterways play vital roles in the way our nation operates. But all that time at sea comes with risk; it’s risk that we often forget or dismiss, but it never goes away.
And sometimes, it makes its presence known.
On Oct. 1, 2015, the merchant ship El Faro ran into Hurricane Joaquin off the Bahamas and sank, killing a ...more
The "story" is compelling and worth reading - I would liken the telling of the core story to be like Radium Girls. However, the author strays frequently to other topics, politicizing many of them. Even as someone who likely shares similar views as the author, I found these rabbit pursuits to be distracting from the core event.
This was a fascinating book. True stories are usually too wordy and boring, this was neither. The author wrote a dire story of American Cargo Shipping. All the regulations, the broken rules and the breakdown of communication to the large corporations who own the ships. These CEOs in charge care little about the crew and more about the cargo and profit. And never in this story did the author forget about the loss of 33 lives. A must read that will keep you at the edge of your seat.
Received as an ARC via my employer Barnes & Noble. Started 4-9-18. Finished 4-12-18. Investigative journalism at its best. Will keep you involved from beginning to end like a good fiction book but it's all true. The sinking of this cargo ship and the deaths of its crew could have been avoided but for the ignorance, apathy, greed, and emotional instability of the parties involved. This book should be used as a textbook in all maritime academies in the world. It would also help to have it be r ...more
“Over the radio, [Captain Michael] Davidson told his crew to throw their rafts in the water and get off the ship. But how could they even walk out onto the deck in those winds, let alone deploy a life raft? Everything – people, rafts, life suits – would be whipped away by [Hurricane] Joaquin and into the waves, or thrown back against the ship’s steel hull to be crushed. The air was solid with salt and water. You couldn’t breathe out there. The crew probably crowded around the door leading to the ...more
Compelling & Heartbreaking
A difficult read due to the tragedy that could have been prevented. A gripping story of failure and heartbreak.
Author wanders a little wide of the main narration a couple times but in the end brings the story together to its sad conclusion.
A good story, a little too much detail about the technical aspects of what could have gone wrong with the ship so I skipped over those descriptions but the human interest part of the book is heartbreaking and you could feel the terror those people must have been feeling the last minutes of their lives on that ship.
I'm a former merchant marine engineering officer and just finished reading Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro. I found it to be quite a well written book. It is unfortunate that the subject had to be the needless death of 33 mariners. When all was said and done, a summary question might be "how many mistakes does it take to sink a ship?"
Kudo's to the author for doing surprisingly well writing the book despite lacking a nautical background. Slad ...more