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Leviathan : the history of whaling in America

Author: Eric Jay Dolin
Publisher: New York ; London : W.W. Norton, 2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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, c apturing the absorbing social and economic history of the nation through the triumphs and travails of this great American industry."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: History
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Dolin, Eric Jay.
Leviathan
(OCoLC)181139805
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Jay Dolin
ISBN: 9780393066661 0393066665
OCLC Number: 915594826
Notes: Originally published: 2007.
Description: 1 online resource (479 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: Introduction --
Part One: Arrival and ascent, 1614-1774 --
John Smith goes whaling --
"The king of waters, the sea-shouldering whale" --
All along the coast --
Nantucket, the "faraway land" --
The whale's whale --
Into "ye deep" --
Candle wars --
Glory days --
Part Two: Tragedy and triumph, 1775-1860 --
On the eve of Revolution --
Ruin --
Up from the ashes --
Knockdown --
The golden age --
"An enormous filthy humbug" --
Stories, songs, sex, and scrimshaw --
Mutinies, murders, mayhem, and malevolent whales --
Part Three: Disaster and decay, 1861-1924 --
Stones in the harbor and fire on the water --
From the earth --
Ice crush --
Fading away --
Epilogue: Fin out.
Responsibility: Eric Jay Dolin.

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This absorbing history demonstrates that few things capture the sheer danger and desperation of men on the deep sea as dramatically as whaling. Dolin provides rich and often fantastic accounts of the  Read more...

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"Mr. Dolin handles this long, complex tale with great skill, both as a historian and as a writer (the bibliography and illustrations are splended too)...Leviathan is thoroughly engaging." -- John Read more...

 
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