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    DescriptionThis is 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.

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    The History of Whaling in America
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Eric Jay Dolin, Narrator James Boles
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 170 mm
    Height: 175 mm
    Thickness: 46 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    ISBN 13: 9781400134847
    ISBN 10: 1400134846

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK
    B&T General Subject: 430
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036000, TEC049000, BUS023000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 55590
    Ingram Subject Code: JV
    Libri: I-JV
    BISAC V2.8: BUS070000
    BIC subject category V2: KNAF
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 639.280973
    DC21: 639.280973
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 639.2/80973
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: SH383.2 .D65 2007C
    Thema V1.0: KN, KCZ, NHK, TVT
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KBB
    Edition statement
    Library ed
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    01 August 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Eric Jay Dolin studied environmental policy at Yale University and MIT and is now a full-time writer. James Boles is an accomplished audiobook narrator and an award-winning stage actor.
    Review quote
    ""An exhaustive, richly detailed history of industrial American whaling.... A real taste of the vile life aboard a whaleship and a cleareyed analysis of the cutthroat tactics of the whale-oil trade."" ---The New York Times