In the course of thirteen days in January 1999, four commercial clam boats sank in horrifying succession while working the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, taking the lives of ten men. Husbands, fathers, loners, and drug users, each man was lured to the nation's most dangerous trade by the lucrative wages offered to those who dared to reap the harvest of the ocean. In this compelling maritime tale of risk and danger, acclaimed journalist Douglas Campbell compassionately portrays the destinies of the men who lost their lives to the Atlantic and the lure of profits from clamming. From the tough and sometimes troubled young men on deck to their families on shore, and the courageous people who tried to rescue them, this narrative memorializes a way of life, and exposes the hazards of this dangerous trade.
Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers Inc
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 371 g
Dimensions: 210 x 140 x 22 mm
"Campbell promises 'a tale at times of riveting terror and at others of human strength and frailty'...[H]e delivers with gale force."
"Campbell's book works as both action adventure and solid investigative reporting. The book is informed by his affection for the sea and for the men and women whose lives are tied up with it."
"An unusual and compelling story of the sea....You will enjoy it, and you will learn a lot about a perilous corner of the sea where men daily risk their lives in pursuit of their livelihood."
"[A] gripping story of the Jersey clammers....A masterpiece of investigative journalism."