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Leviathan - The History of Whaling in America

Eric Jay Dolin

This 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.

This 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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This 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

James Boles

Length:

15h 58m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

06:04


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

33:47


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

28:37


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

01:01:09


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

30:59


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

42:31


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

54:50


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

26:41


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

45:21


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

25:33


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

41:25


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

01:03:15


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

45:31


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

02:18:01


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

01:01:17


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

14:54


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

01:04:41


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

01:10:39


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

17:05


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

30:24


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

46:41


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

09:00


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

00:28