Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - 479 pagina's
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. 32 pages of illustrations.
 

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I really enjoyed this book it is a good overview of whaling in America. I was surprised by how critical whale oil was before petroleum was found in PA. Now I need to go visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Volledige review lezen

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Gebruikersrecensie  - 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 ... Volledige review lezen

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Introduction
11
John Smith Goes Whaling
17
The King of Waters The SeaShouldering Whale
30
All Along the Coast
41
Nantucket the Faraway Land
63
The Whales Whale
75
Into Ye Deep
90
Candle Wars
109
Knockdown
188
The Golden Age
205
This
238
DISASTER
307
From the Earth
335
Ice Crush
342
Fading Away
353
Fin Out
370

Glory Days
119
TRAGEDY AND TRIUMPH 17751860
137
On the Eve of Revolution
139
Ruin
149
Up from the Ashes
165
Select Bibliography
453
Illustration Credits
461
Inder
467
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Over de 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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