A Voyage for Madmen (Paperback)

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A wonderful true life adventure. Hard to put down and well written. It is a great study in human nature. You get insights in why some undertake these ordeals. You have favorites and root for a winner. A fun and insightful read.

A compelling chronicle of courage and adventure at sea follows nine sailors on their historic 1968 attempt to sail around the globe non-stop--a voyage that would result in madness, failure, and death for all but one.

— From Ron


In 1968, nine sailors set off on the most daring race ever held: to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe nonstop. It was a feat that had never been accomplished and one that would forever change the face of sailing. Ten months later, only one of the nine men would cross the finish line and earn fame, wealth, and glory. For the others, the reward was madness, failure, and death.

In this extraordinary book, Peter Nichols chronicles a contest of the individual against the sea, waged at a time before cell phones, satellite dishes, and electronic positioning systems. A Voyage for Madmen is a tale of sailors driven by their own dreams and demons, of horrific storms in the Southern Ocean, and of those riveting moments when a split-second decision means the difference between life and death.

About the Author

Peter Nichols is the author of the national bestseller A Voyage for Madmen and two other books, Sea Change: Alone Across the Atlantic in a Wooden Boat, a memoir, and the novel Voyage to the North Star. He has taught creative writing at NYU in Paris and Georgetown University, and presently teaches at Bowdoin College. He is lives in Maine with his wife and son.

Praise For…

— Wall Street Journal

“A riveting account of the triumphant human spirit.”
— Publishers Weekly

“A haunting story...[that] succeeds on the grandest scale.”
— The Oregonian

“Reads like a suspense novel.”
— Booklist

“Fascinating...A great story...an excellent examination of the world’s first nonstop, solo race around the world.”
— San Diego Union Tribune

“Extraordinary ...One of the most gripping sea stories I have ever read.”
— Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060957032
ISBN-10: 0060957034
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: June 4th, 2002
Pages: 336
Language: English