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Oil and Ice: A Story of Arctic Disaster and the Rise and Fall of America's Last Whaling Dynastyby Peter Nichols
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"Peter Nichols has crafted a terrifyingly relevant historical narrative...A terrific read."
-Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In The Heart of the Sea
In 1871, America's last fleet of whaling ships was destroyed in an arctic ice storm. Miraculously, 1,218 men, women and children survived, but the disaster was catastrophic at home.
Oil and Ice is the story of one fateful whaling season that illuminates the unprecedented rise and devastating fall of America's first oil economy, and the fate of today's petroleum industry.
In 1871, an entire fleet of whaling ships was caught in an arctic ice storm and destroyed. Though few lives were lost, the damage would forever shape one of America's most distinctive commodities: oil.
About the Author
Peter Nichols is the author of the national bestseller A Voyage for Madmen, as well as three other books. He spent ten years at sea working in Paris, Georgetown University, and Bowdoin College. He divides his time between the U.S. and Europe.
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