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  • Leviathan The History of Whaling in America
  • Eric Jay Dolin
  • English
  • 08 January 2019
  • 9780393060577

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Leviathan The History of Whaling in America Read õ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Eric Jay Dolin ✓ 2 Read Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Eric Jay Dolin Leviathan selected as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by The Los Angeles Times The Boston Globe and The Providence Journal Leviathan was also chosen by com's editors as one of the 10 best history books of 2007To produce a mighty book you must choose a mighty theme proclaimed Herman Melville and the vivid story of whaling is one of the mightiest themes in American history Indeed much of America's culture economy and even its spirit were literally and figuratively rendered from the bodies of whales In Leviathan the first one volume history of American whaling in many decades historian Eric Jay Dolin chronicles the epic battle between man and the sea and in this case between man and beast an often violent struggle that animates the imagination and stirs our emotions Beginning his engrossing narrative with Captain John Smith's botched whaling expedition to the New World in 1614 Dolin traces the rise of this burgeoning industry from its rapid expansion in the colonial era and its brutal struggles during and after the Revolutionary War to its Golden Age in the m. Four stars though I admit being torn between three and four stars Honestly three and a half I would happily say four if I hadn t gotten completely bogged down in the long middle section of the book giving the history of American whaling ports The political background on the American whaling colonies didn t interest me nearly as much as the material on whaling itself the lives and methods of the whalers details of ships whaling grounds and so on As a result I put this book aside sometime last year and never managed to pick it up again until about a week ago when I doggedly ploughed through the to me drier middle section into some again to me livelier chapters chapters 14 19 to be precise which provided the information on whalers and whaling that I d hoped to find On the whole I enjoyed the author s approach to the subject which gave me enough information to understand unfamiliar material but wasn t overwhelming As a bonus I ve read a fair number of books on overlapping and related events mentioned in this book such as In the Heart of the Sea The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex and recently have been reading Patrick O Brien s famed AubreyMaturin series along with a few other nonfiction nautical books which largely account for my decision to pick this book up once again To put it simply I m on a bit of a seafaring book binge As another reviewer Matt has pointed out this book tends to be anecdotal and the uality of the anecdotes varies While I am on the whole usually fond of such books I do wish there had been some underlying theme to unify these anecdotes in a cohesive way However having said that I do have a much better picture of whaling as an industry and a better appreciation for its economic role a surprisingly significant one in our nation s history I was surprised to learn for example that in 1846 735 ships out of a worldwide total of 900 whaling ships were American and that at the height of the Golden Age of whaling 1812 to the late 1850s whaleships accounted for roughly of the nation s registered merchant tonnage and employed approximately 70000 people I have two of the author s other books Fur Fortune and Empire The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America and When America First Met China An Exotic History of Tea Drugs and Money in the Age of Sail on my to read list and am looking forward to reading them All in all these books by Eric Jay Dolin promise to be fine additions to my growing commodity history shelf

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Leviathan The History of Whaling in America Read õ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Eric Jay Dolin ✓ 2 Read Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Eric Jay Dolin Accounts is that of the Shenandoah a Confederate raider which burned 22 of the 26 Union whaleships it captured most after the Civil War had already ended In the waning years of the nineteenth century we witness the agonizingly slow death of an American industry as the discovery of oil tragic disasters in the Arctic and changes in female fashion combine to transform the American whalemen into an historical relic The final scene comes in 1924 as the whaleship Wanderer wrecked on the shore of Cuttyhunk Island provides the last glimpse of a bygone era Through it all those iron men in wooden boats created a legacy of dramatic poignant and at times horrific stories This sprawling maritime saga is filled with these tales as well as rich lyrical descriptions of whales and the sea Original stirring and authoritative Leviathan delivers the 300 year history of American whaling in vibrant detail integrating literary social and economic history into an epic account of this once vital industryW W Norton 480 pp 90 illustrations Also available in Audiobook format from Tantor Audioboo. I m starting to get concerned with myself how much I like to read about whaling It s so scary and disgusting and horrible Yeah so hello friends let s enjoy our paid work that is inside a building

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