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Harpoon: Into the Heart of Whaling

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Publisher Comments:

From one-hundred-fifty-ton barnacled Blues to the sleek, embattled Minke, whales have been hunted worldwide to near extinction. Despite efforts to halt the killing, the future of these majestic mammals-known as “mind in the water”-is again in jeopardy. With passion and engaging detail, Andrew Darby profiles each species of whale and its place in this great drama. From the wooden harpoons of aboriginals in “cockleshell” vessels, to the high-tech killing machines of todays lawless Russian whalers and smooth-talking Japanese “scientific” crews, Darby chronicles the evolving pursuit of whales and its significance to our humanity. Fans of well-written history, as well as those fascinated by whales and the fierce international conflict surrounding them, will be swept into the very heart of whaling.

Review:

"Darby, an Australian journalist who has covered the whaling industry and the international politics of whaling since the founding of the International Whaling Commission in the early 1960s, has produced a definitive work on the past and the present of whaling. Although he does provide background material from the 19th century and earlier, his emphasis is on the 20th century industrial whaling boom, when flensing stations on shore and on ships processed dozens of whales each day. With each new technology (faster steamships, mechanical harpoons), more and more species became vulnerable-Darby, in fact, organizes his history by species, beginning with the Right Whales-and heartbreaking accounts of the killing make this excellent book a difficult read. Aside from usual suspects (the Soviet Union and Japan in the Southern Ocean), Darby finds whaling piracy in the birth of the famed Onassis family fortune. Darcy tracks international efforts to curb whaling, which have been stymied through the years by diplomatic maneuvers and outright fraud, concluding that decades of work by both ecologists and governments have still not guaranteed that any species will survive human predation; one hopes his exceptional history will act as a bulwark." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

A veteran environmental journalist based in Hobart, Tasmania, Darby reports on the history of commercial whaling and the obstacles to conservation efforts. He covers nature, hunting, protection efforts, and survival status in separate sections dedicated to each of five species of whale that live in the southern oceans: right, blue, sperm, minke, and humpback. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The awe-inspiring history of whales and whaling, and todays epic struggle to end the slaughter

About the Author

Andrew Darby, reporter on environmental issues and Antarctica for the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), has covered whaling, whales, and their effect on people for 20 years. He lives in Hobart, Tasmania.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780306816291
Author:
Darby, Andrew.
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Author:
Darby, Andrew
Author:
Darby, Abdrew
Subject:
Maritime History
Subject:
Marine Life
Subject:
Mammals
Subject:
Modern - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Whaling -- History.
Subject:
Whaling -- Environmental aspects.
Subject:
Animals - Mammals
Subject:
Nature Studies-Ocean and Marine Biology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Merloyd Lawrence Book
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 17.5 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Darby, an Australian journalist who has covered the whaling industry and the international politics of whaling since the founding of the International Whaling Commission in the early 1960s, has produced a definitive work on the past and the present of whaling. Although he does provide background material from the 19th century and earlier, his emphasis is on the 20th century industrial whaling boom, when flensing stations on shore and on ships processed dozens of whales each day. With each new technology (faster steamships, mechanical harpoons), more and more species became vulnerable-Darby, in fact, organizes his history by species, beginning with the Right Whales-and heartbreaking accounts of the killing make this excellent book a difficult read. Aside from usual suspects (the Soviet Union and Japan in the Southern Ocean), Darby finds whaling piracy in the birth of the famed Onassis family fortune. Darcy tracks international efforts to curb whaling, which have been stymied through the years by diplomatic maneuvers and outright fraud, concluding that decades of work by both ecologists and governments have still not guaranteed that any species will survive human predation; one hopes his exceptional history will act as a bulwark." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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The awe-inspiring history of whales and whaling, and todays epic struggle to end the slaughter
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