Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America

Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America

by Eric Jay Dolin
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Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America

Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America

by Eric Jay Dolin
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In Leviathan, Eric Jay Dolin recounts the dramatic tales of American whaling, telling stories of whalemen and these great creatures with grandeur and pathos. This magisterial history encompasses the three-hundred-year saga of American whaling, capturing the absorbing social and economic history of the nation through the triumphs and travails of this great American industry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900393331577
Publication date: 07/17/2008
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Eric Jay Dolin is the best-selling and award-winning author of numerous works in maritime history, including Leviathan, Rebels at Sea, and Black Flags, Blue Waters. He lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction     11
Arrival and Ascent, 1614-1774
John Smith Goes Whaling     17
"The King of Waters, The Sea-Shouldering Whale"     30
All Along the Coast     41
Nantucket, the "Faraway Land"     63
The Whale's Whale     75
Into "Ye Deep"     90
Candle Wars     109
Glory Days     119
Tragedy and Triumph, 1775-1860
On the Eve of Revolution     139
Ruin     149
Up from the Ashes     165
Knockdown     188
The Golden Age     205
"An Enormous, Filthy Humbug"     253
Stories, Songs, Sex, and Scrimshaw     275
Mutinies, Murders, Mayhem, and Malevolent Whales     282
Disaster and Decay, 1861-1924
Stones in the Harbor and Fire on the Water     309
From the Earth     335
Ice Crush     342
Fading Away     353
Epilogue: Fin Out     370
Notes     375
Select Bibliography     453
Illustration Credits     461
Acknowledgments     463
Index     467

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"An exhaustive, richly detailed history of industrial American whaling.... A real taste of the vile life aboard a whaleship and a cleareyed analysis of the cutthroat tactics of the whale-oil trade." —-The New York Times

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