Leviathan The History of Whaling in America

ISBN-10: 0393331571

ISBN-13: 9780393331578

Edition: 2008

Authors: Eric Jay Dolin

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"The best history of American whaling to come along in a generation."Nathaniel Philbrick. Leviathanis the epic history of the "iron men in wooden boats" who built an industrial empire through the pursuit of whales. "To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme," Herman Melville proclaimed, and this absorbing history demonstrates that few things can capture the sheer danger and desperation of men on the deep sea as dramatically as whaling. Eric Jay Dolin begins his vivid narrative with Captain John Smith's botched whaling expedition to the New World in 1614. He then chronicles the rise of a burgeoning industryfrom its brutal struggles during the Revolutionary period to its golden age in the mid-1800s when a fleet of more than 700 ships hunted the seas and American whale oil lit the world, to its decline as the twentieth century dawned. This sweeping social and economic history provides rich and often fantastic accounts of the men themselves, who mutinied, murdered, rioted, deserted, drank, scrimshawed, and recorded their experiences in journals and memoirs. Containing a wealth of naturalistic detail on whales,Leviathanis the most original and stirring history of American whaling in many decades. 32 pages of illustrations.
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Eric Jay Dolin is the author of Leviathan: The History of Whaling In America, which was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by The Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe, and also won the 2007 John Lyman Award for U. S. Maritime History; andnbsp;Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America. He is also the author of When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail. A graduate of Brown, Yale, and MIT, where he received his Ph.D. in environmental policy, he lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children.

Introduction
Arrival and Ascent, 1614-1774
John Smith Goes Whaling
"The King of Waters, The Sea-Shouldering Whale"
All Along the Coast
Nantucket, the "Faraway Land"
The Whale's Whale
Into "Ye Deep"
Candle Wars
Glory Days
Tragedy and Triumph, 1775-1860
On the Eve of Revolution
Ruin
Up from the Ashes
Knockdown
The Golden Age
"An Enormous, Filthy Humbug"
Stories, Songs, Sex, and Scrimshaw
Mutinies, Murders, Mayhem, and Malevolent Whales
Disaster and Decay, 1861-1924
Stones in the Harbor and Fire on the Water
From the Earth
Ice Crush
Fading Away
Epilogue: Fin Out
Notes
Select Bibliography
Illustration Credits
Acknowledgments
Index
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