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Leviathan The History of Whaling in America (Paperback)

Author:  Eric Jay Dolin
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0393331571
ISBN-13: 9780393331578
Sku: 206196555
Publish Date: 7/1/2008
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1.25T
Pages:  479
Age Range:  NA
 
A social and economic history of whaling in America traces Captain John Smiths ill-fated expedition to the New World in 1614, through the industrys rise to its nineteenth-century golden years, to its decline in the twentieth century. Reprint. *Author: Dolin, Eric Jay *Subtitle: The History of Whaling in America *Publication Date: 2008/07/01 *Number of Pages: 479 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00
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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.A social and economic history of whaling in America traces Captain John Smith's ill-fated expedition to the New World in 1614, through the industry's rise to its nineteenth-century golden years, to its decline in the twentieth century. Reprint.
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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.

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"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 attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0479
Product attributePublisher:   W. W. Norton & Company
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