Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America

Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America

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

This is the epic history of the "iron men in wooden boats" who built an industrial empire through the pursuit of whales. Eric Jay Dolin chronicles the rise of the burgeoning whaling industry to its decline as the twentieth century dawned. 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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ISBN-13: 9781400154845
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 08/01/2007
Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Eric Jay Dolin is the author of Leviathan, which was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe; Fur, Fortune, and Empire; and When America First Met China. A graduate of Brown, Yale, and MIT, he lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children.

James Boles is an accomplished audiobook narrator and an award-winning stage actor.

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Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Dolin does a good job in tracing the American whaling industry from it's beginnings to it's demise. He's a little light on hard figures and the book could use some quantatative charts and tables but you can create your own from his raw data. My interest in the book was to provide more background on the whaling tradition and stories I grew up with here in New England. I also wanted to understand how industries rise and fall 'fishing, mini-computers'. What I also came away with is a comparison of the whale oil industry and the current petroleum industry. In both, as the resource got scarce, the industry had to go further from the US to find it. Costs increased. Alternative energy sources became more attractive 'petroleum to replace whale oil, ethanol, wind, solar for petroleum'. Because it was ship based, each time the US was at war 'Revolution, 1812, Civil' the whaling fleets were subject to attack, the supply of oil dropped, and whole towns lost their economic livelihood. Its easy to understand why the US Navy maintains a presence in the Gulf to protect oil tankers.