Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - 479 pages
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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Avis d'utilisateur  - stevesmits - LibraryThing

A complete and detailed history of whaling in America, starting with precolonial times and culminating with the demise of American whaling in the early 20th century. It shows how enormous the whaling ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Avis d'utilisateur  - kenno82 - LibraryThing

This is a wonderfully researched book that provides the reader with a terrific overview of the history of whaling and the importance of the industry in years past. However, I found the writing style quite distant. The book read more like a history lesson than an emotive account of the industry. Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

John Smith Goes Whaling
17
The King of Waters The SeaShouldering Whale
40
Nantucket the Faraway Land
63
The Whales Whale 7 5
76
Into Ye Deep
90
Candle Wars
109
Glory Days
119
On the Eve of Revolution
139
Knockdown
188
The Golden Age
205
Stones in the Harbor and Fire on the Water
309
From the Earth 33 5
342
Fading Away
353
Fin Out
370
5
387
Select Bibliography 453
463

O Ruin
149
Up from the Ashes
165

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À propos de l'auteur (2007)

Eric Jay Dolin is the best-selling author of the award-winning Fur, Fortune, and Empire; Leviathan; and When America First Met China. He and his family live in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

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