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Leviathan The History of Whaling in America (Hardcover)

Author:  Eric Jay Dolin
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0393060578
ISBN-13: 9780393060577
Sku: 204175764
Publish Date: 7/1/2007
Sales Rank: 95316
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.75L x 1.25T
Pages:  479
Age Range:  NA
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This absorbing history demonstrates that few things capture the sheer danger and desperation of men on the deep sea as dramatically as whaling. Dolin provides rich and often fantastic accounts of the men themselves. 32 pages of illustrations.
Eric Jay Dolin recreates the lost world of whaling, which was a profitable enterprise in the 19th century, but which was extremely difficult and dangerous for those sailors who engaged in it. Through fascinating stories, Dolin tells all about the ways whereby whales were hunted, killed, and processed, to provide the main source of oil before the discovery of vast deposits of oil in the earth. Dolin covers a great deal of local history, and leaves the reader well-informed and entertained.


"In clumsy but engaging prose, Mr. Dolin offers a colorful, fast-moving panorama....[R]eading LEVIATHAN we get lively impressions of a world that modern Americans will never see in person.....[P]erfect summer reading." - Adam Kirsch 06/27/2007

"Accurate details and a full historic scope are the book's driving virtues." - Bruce Barcott 07/29/2007

"in...LEVIATHAN, Eric Jay Dolin offers a pleasantly anecdotal history of American whaling so comprehensive that he seems to have harpooned at least one fact from every cetacean text ever printed. LEVIATHAN is a gentle book about a brutal industry." - Caleb Crain 07/23/2007

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Product attributePublisher:   W. W. Norton & Company
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