Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of the El Faro MP3 CD – MP3 Audio, May 1, 2018
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''Rachel Slade mashes up The Perfect Storm with a suspenseful, page-turning thriller, cutting through the corporate double-speak to shine a light on how it was that thirty-three men and women sailed into Hurricane Joaquin. 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: Life, Death, and Survival in the Merchant Marine
''An extraordinary piece of reporting. I tore through it like a novel.'' --John Konrad, author of Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster
''With gripping prose and edge-of-the-seat momentum, Rachel Slade takes the reader aboard the final, fatal voyage of El Faro. Into the Raging Sea imparts a profound message about the power of nature and the fallibility of human judgement even in our digitized era.'' --Peter Stark, author of Astoria: Astor and Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire A Tale of Ambition and Survival on the Early American Frontier
''Bracing ... a story as old as seafaring itself. This minute-by-minute account illustrates in chilling detail exactly what happens when the near-infinite might of the ocean plows broadside into the hubris of men.'' --Brantley Hargrove, author of The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras
''Rachel Slade's Into the Raging Sea made me miss my subway stop and cancel at least one appointment. It's a gripping, moving account of a nautical tragedy, told with equal parts verve, gusto, and compassion. Don't miss it.'' --Sarah Weinman, author of The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World
About the Author
Rachel Slade is a Boston-based journalist, writer, and editor. She was a staff writer at Boston magazine for ten years, and her writing earned her a City and Regional Magazine Award in civic journalism. She splits her time between Brookline, Massachusetts, and Rockport, Maine.
- Publisher : HarperCollins and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged MP3CD edition (May 1, 2018)
- Language : English
- MP3 CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1538549158
- ISBN-13 : 978-1538549155
- Item Weight : 2.82 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,486,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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