“Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America” by author Eric Jay Dolin

“Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America” by author Eric Jay Dolin

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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.

All proceeds go to the non-profit organization, The Pursuit of History

The Pursuit of History is the non-profit organization that engages adults in conversation about history and connects them with historic sites in their communities and across the country through unique annual events, including History Camp, and through video and other online content.

Visit 12 historic sites on America's Summer Roadtrip on August 1

This is being released in advance of a special event from The Pursuit of History: America’s Summer Roadtrip. On August 1, 2020 join them for 12 livestream tours from historic sites across the country. Read more and view the preview videos at AmericasSummerRoadtrip.org.