58 Degrees North
The Mysterious Sinking of the Arctic Rose
by Huge Kugiya
Anyone who has seen Deadliest Catch on television needs to read this book. Many viewers compartmentalize the show and reduce it to sheer entertainment, maybe even cheering for injuries; it’s tough to do that with this book. 58 Degrees North provides a realism soaked in statistics and history about the perils of ocean fishing in Alaska. There is no glamor. There are no sponsorships, no TV contracts. Just a net of tragic circumstances that led 15 fishermen to their deaths. You will never look at the Alaska commercial fishing fleets from your couch the same, nor will you pass the seafood section in your local grocery store and not wonder.