Gr 6 Up-A visually appealing, highly informative book. The 19th-century myths that promised high adventure are dispelled and the sad truth about the industry is revealed. Currie describes the grim reality, from the tedious hours aboard ship waiting to spot a whale to the homesickness that so many of the men endured away from their wives and children, sometimes for years. Through the use of diaries and letters, readers are given a firsthand look at what whalers experienced, including seasickness, bad weather, and ill health as a result of poor diet. Currie graphically describes the chase, as well as the killing and dismembering of the animals. Black-and-white archival photographs and reproductions support the text. Readers who are interested in whaling or are writing reports on the subject will find this authoritative book useful.-Jessica Snow, Boston Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.