Rachel Slade "Into the Raging Sea" August 17th @ 6pm
East End Books Ptown welcomes Rachel Slade "Into the Raging Sea" on August 17th @ 6 pm! An event not to be missed!
"What's the 'it' book of summer going to be? Rachel Slade's Into the Raging Sea."
—Tina Jordan, New York Times
"For sheer drama on the water, it’s hard to beat the tragedy recounted in Rachel Slade’s Into the Raging Sea." —Janet Maslin, 17 Refreshing Books to Read This Summer, New York Times
"The depth of research and reporting, and Slade’s skill at pacing and selecting the telling details, produce a richly detailed narrative, tense and sad and true." —the boston globe
"this is a staunchly humanistic work, adroitly told, with a wide emotional range that incorporates both a sense of loss and a call for change." —portland press herald
"a powerful and affecting story, beautifully handled by Slade, a journalist who clearly knows ships and the sea." —douglas preston, new York Times book
On October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin barreled into the Bermuda Triangle and swallowed the container ship El Faro whole, resulting in the deadliest 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 on the bridge were captured for a remarkable 26 hours leading up to the sinking by the ship’s data recorder—journalist Rachel Slade unravels the mystery of the sinking of El Faro. As she recounts the final 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.
Listen to Rachel's conversation with Maine Public Radio about el faro here: mainepublic.org (4 minutes).