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Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro Kindle Edition
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A masterful page-turning account...leaves you profoundly moved by the crew's dedication and grit, and infuriated at the disturbing conditions that led to this tragedy.-- "Ben Mezrich, author of The Accidental Billionaires"
An extraordinary piece of reporting. Slade has accomplished what very few authors ever attempt: to explain the loss of a ship with no survivors. I tore through it like a novel.-- "John Konrad, author of Fire on the Horizon"
Pulse-pounding...The author does solid work giving voice to the thirty-three mariners who lost their lives...A taut, chilling, and emotionally charged retelling of a doomed ship's final days.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
The one account I've read that solves the riddle of El Faro convincingly and thoroughly...Superbly written, this deserves a place on the bookshelf of modern maritime classics.-- "Robert Frump, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Until the Sea Shall Free Them"
Well-crafted and gripping...A painful and poignant narrative.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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On October 1, 2015, the American container ship El Faro sailed straight into the eye of Hurricane Joaquin in the Bermuda Triangle and vanished. When all thirty-three aboard were lost, El Faro became the deadliest American maritime accident in more than a generation. Why did the huge ship, equipped with satellite communica-tions and sophisticated weather forecasting software, steam into the storm? Three miles down, deeper than the Titanic, the ship’s black box held damning secrets, including twenty-six hours of conversations between captain and crew leading up to El Faro’s final moments. Relying on extensive investigative reporting, as well as the words of the doomed mariners themselves, Rachel Slade unravels the mystery behind this tragedy.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B075WQK2LX
- Publisher : Ecco; Reprint edition (May 1, 2018)
- Publication date : May 1, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2965 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 391 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #152,439 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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For example, in Ms Slade’s world Florida is a racist state, where Jim Crow is still alive and where the n-word is often heard. This despite the fact that 60 % of Florida residents were not even born in the state and it being extremely ethnically diverse. I live in white, backward eastern Kentucky and I don’t hear the n-word here. Is Florida really worse than eastern Kentucky? I highly doubt it. How was this even germane to what on in the bridge of the ship?
She damns Ronald Reagan as being a free trader who destroyed blue collar America she then praises the protectionist Jones Act. No where did Ms Slade consider that maybe if there was competition from better run companies such as Maresk companies like TOTE Maritime would have either failed for improved their operation. She might have explored how the Jones Act keeps older, less seaworthy ships in operation making the US fleet old and dilapidated. Such arguments don’t fit in her narrow, bigoted worldview so they remain unexplored.
She also spends too little time on the root cause of the accident, which is the completely avoidable action of Capitan Davidson sailing the ship into a hurricane. Yes the ship may have been old, overloaded, poorly maintained and incorrectly modified but had it not been sailed into a hurricane its crew would have made it safely to Puerto Rico. Was it really Davidson’s over reliance on the BVS weather routing system that caused him to sail into harm's way? Why does the shipping industry still rely on an anachronistic system where the Captain’s authority cannot be questioned? Is that even true in 2019? What contingencies do other shipping companies have for heavy weather and dealing with an irrational Capitan? These issues remain largely unexplored.
Unfortunately, Slade is a product of an educational system that produces people like her with excellent writing skills but devoid of critical thinking skills. Maybe someone will write a thoroughly researched book that explores the issues of El Faro’s demise without all the political tripe. That would be a book worth reading.
The opinions regarding global warming/climate change, deregulation, corporate corruption, federal funding, unions and the Jones Act (albeit supported by opinions from like-thinking individuals) detract from that story. Like it or not, the bottom line to this catastrophe was that the people primarily responsible for their safety - the crew themselves - failed to do that. It may seem cold but the prudent mariner does everything he/she can to avoid having their safety rely on someone else. Not all of them were in a position to change this outcome, but the ones that were failed and the rest suffered the consequences with them. Ms. Slade seems to believe that increased regulation, inspection and written standards would prevent incidents like this - she may be right but those actions will have consequences as well. In the end you can't account for "stupid"...see "COSTA CONCORDIA" for example.
The basic story here is excellent and worth reading - far better than wading through the 500 page VDR transcript. Some interpolation was necessary, but in my opinion Ms. Slade went too far.
Obviously the author has researched all sorts of things, including US maritime history going back to the 17th century, and much of it is illuminating. But in books like this, narrative pace is everything--and with so many historical vignettes interrupting the core story, the tension and gallop that, given the plot elements, should be generated never quite materialize. it,s a case of too often arbitrary erudition strangling the suspense
At one-half the length the book would be twice as effective.
Unfortunately the author sends a shot across the bow at President Trump. The reference was such an incredible stretch to a book about the sinking of the El Faro. The author showed poor discipline by injecting her disdain of the POTUS into a fact based book on this tragedy. If I want to hear about Trump I'll watch MSNBC, Fox, and, CNN. The author also delves into global warming. It may exist but there is not empirical evidence that it has increased the number of hurricanes. This at least had some relevance to the book versus the Trump shot. I read to relax and take a respite from politics. That didn't happen here. I don't buy books for the pictures. I do think that the pictures of the crew would have enhanced the book.
However she appears unable to restrain herself from preaching on topics where she has little knowledge and less expertise, which detracts heavily from the book’s subject.
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An interesting read about US shipping.r