In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex - Nathaniel Philbrick
I finished this book in a day (a personal record). I never thought an historical biography could be more riveting than action-fiction, but this book proved me very wrong.

The vivid, true life account of whale attacks, shipwrecks, shark attacks, killer whale attacks, starvation, cannabilism, death, faith and survival.

A few things really impacted me in this book...

- The hardship that was 'normal life' for whalers in the early 19th century. They lived their lives 3 years at sea, 3 months at home, then back to sea for 3 years.

- The age of the whalers and the weight of responsibility that rested on their young shoulders (the captain of the Essex was in his 20's).

- How weak leadership and bad decisions can cost many innocent lives.

- The extremes the human body can endure, and the unimaginable things people will do to survive.

Phenomenal book. Buy it today.