This book brings together most of the source material that Melville could have seen before he wrote the book Moby Dick, which was inspired by the loss of the ship Essex.
Thomas Nickerson's story laid unpublished in an attic for over 100 years and it does throw some new light on the tale.
Nickerson's frank and often perceptive view of his colleagues gives us much insight of the cameraderie that was bound around sailors lives back in the early 17th century. His sensativity to others plights, adds to the story, and makes the adventure much more human.
An excellent read and still quite awe inspiring after all these years.
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