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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 industry--from 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, Leviathan is the most original and stirring history of American whaling in many decades.

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A Los Angeles Times Best Non-Fiction Book of 2007
A Boston Globe Best Non-Fiction Book of 2007
Amazon.com Editors pick as one of the 10 best history books of 2007
Winner of the 2007 John Lyman Award for U. S. Maritime History, given by the North American Society for Oceanic History

"The best history of American whaling to come along in a generation." --Nathaniel Philbrick

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The best history of American whaling to come along in a generation. -Nathaniel Philbrick This engrossing account ... at once grand and quirky, entertaining and informative (Publishers Weekly) delivers the fascinating 300-year history of American whaling, integrating literary, social, and economic history into an epic account of this once-vital industry.

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This 'engrossing account ... at once grand and quirky, entertaining and informative' (Publishers Weekly) delivers the fascinating 300-year history of American whaling, integrating literary, social, and economic history into an epic account of this once-vital industry.

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Eric Jay Dolinstudied environmental policy and biology at Brown, Yale, and MIT, where he received his PhD. The author of Political Waters, he lives with his wife and children in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

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seenorimagined, May 13, 2011 (view all comments by seenorimagined)
This is the most page-turning-est non-fiction book I've ever read. I would never claim to have a strong interest in whaling, but Dolin makes the history of such in America so very compelling. It's a great read, although I was somewhat chagrined to find myself accidentally spoiled on the ending of Moby Dick, which I still plan to read someday...
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ISBN:
9780393331578
Author:
Dolin, Eric Jay
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Dolin, Eric J.
Subject:
Maritime History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
Americas (North Central South West Indies)
Subject:
Hunting
Subject:
Nautical-Ships and Ship History
Subject:
US History-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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Product details 512 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393331578 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A Los Angeles Times Best Non-Fiction Book of 2007
A Boston Globe Best Non-Fiction Book of 2007
Amazon.com Editors pick as one of the 10 best history books of 2007
Winner of the 2007 John Lyman Award for U. S. Maritime History, given by the North American Society for Oceanic History

"The best history of American whaling to come along in a generation." --Nathaniel Philbrick
"Synopsis" by , The best history of American whaling to come along in a generation. -Nathaniel Philbrick This engrossing account ... at once grand and quirky, entertaining and informative (Publishers Weekly) delivers the fascinating 300-year history of American whaling, integrating literary, social, and economic history into an epic account of this once-vital industry.
"Synopsis" by , This 'engrossing account ... at once grand and quirky, entertaining and informative' (Publishers Weekly) delivers the fascinating 300-year history of American whaling, integrating literary, social, and economic history into an epic account of this once-vital industry.
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