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Run The Storm: A Savage Hurricane, a Brave Crew, and the Wreck of the SS El Faro Library Binding – Large Print, June 6, 2018
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- Publisher : Thorndike Press Large Print Press; Large type / Large print edition (June 6, 2018)
- Language : English
- Library Binding : 459 pages
- ISBN-10 : 143285271X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1432852719
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,993,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But George M.Foy set the hook with his previous title, “Finding North”, a very personal, well researched and thoroughly fascinating treatment of the navigational imperative that affects us all. Especially significant to me are his treatment of GPS and what he calls, “Cybernav”— automated navigation systems—how they affect us and at what cost?
With “Run The Storm” Foy reels me right in. This is anything but your ordinary disaster story. His impressively detailed research uncovers the chain of events that conspired as they usually do, to culminate in the finally unavoidable accident while rarely if ever interjecting the author into the story. He relies on factual data, interviews with credible sources, recorded data, historical weather analysis and an amazing amount of large vessel engineering data, yet the human side shines through in ways that range from ordinary to incredible. And it is, in the end, a story of the human spirit, and human failure on many levels. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board investigational results give us their probable cause assessments, but Foy’s gradual un-layering of the details puts the reader in the terrifyingly omniscient position of knowing what’s coming and why, but being unable to shout through the pages to the crew, and the National Weather Service, and the shipping company, to Do Something To Break This Chain!
With this work, George M. Foy has also exposed a theme common wherever the conflict between corporate profit and safety clash; the pressure either expressed or implied to serve the bottom line first, the potential for inappropriate compromise and the price to be paid for lack of aggressive independent oversight, all themes that are compelling and common as waves on the sea. A great read by a first class author.
Captain D. Burke Continental Airlines, (Ret)
Some "disaster book" authors tug at the reader's pity or conscience by resorting to inventions and assumptions. Foy doesn't play those tricks. When no one knows exactly what occurred at a particular moment, he reports that no one knows exactly what occurred. When he makes an informed guess, he says "maybe" and "perhaps." He acknowledges the agonizing void at the center of this story—the "why" that won't ever be answered. And still he keeps you racing through his book, because you HAVE to know what happens to El Faro and her people at the end.
Glad I bought this book and I can say that last section describing when the ship went down, told almost entirely from the voice transcripts, was downright chilling.