Eric Jay Dolin
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (July 17, 2008)
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A la occasions top Non-Fiction booklet of 2007 A Boston Globe top Non-Fiction e-book of 2007 Amazon.com Editors choose as one of many 10 top historical past books of 2007 Winner of the 2007 John Lyman Award for U. S. Maritime heritage, given through the North American Society for Oceanic background "The top background of yankee whaling to come back alongside in a generation." ―Nathaniel Philbrick The epic background of the "iron males in wood boats" who outfitted an business empire throughout the pursuit of whales. "To produce a effective booklet, you want to pick out a powerful theme," Herman Melville proclaimed, and this soaking up heritage demonstrates that few issues can trap the sheer probability and desperation of fellows at the deep sea as dramatically as whaling. Eric Jay Dolin starts off his bright narrative with Captain John Smith's botched whaling excursion to the hot international in 1614. He then chronicles the increase of a burgeoning industry―from its brutal struggles throughout the progressive interval to its golden age within the mid-1800s whilst a fleet of greater than seven hundred ships hunted the seas and American whale oil lit the area, to its decline because the 20th century dawned. This sweeping social and fiscal historical past offers wealthy and sometimes terrific money owed of the lads themselves, who mutinied, murdered, rioted, abandoned, drank, scrimshawed, and recorded their studies in journals and memoirs. Containing a wealth of naturalistic aspect on whales, Leviathan is the main unique and stirring heritage of yankee whaling in lots of many years.