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In The Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel PhilbrickRead about Number One on Hoare's list.
A gripping account of the whale ship Essex, which was attacked by an enraged bull sperm whale and whose shipwrecked survivors resorted to cannibalism. The story inspired Moby-Dick, although the dialogue from the original 1821 account reads more like an outtake from In Which We Serve: "My God, Mr Chase, what is the matter?" "We have been stove by a whale."