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Eric jay dolin is the author of leviathan the history of whaling in america which was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by the los angeles times and the boston globe and also won a number of awards includin g the 2007 john lyman award for u s maritime history and the twenty third annual l byrne waterman award given by leviathan is a very interesting and well researched book documenting the critical role that whaling played in american history this is not a book about whales but a book about people the decimation of whale populations at the hands of the worlds whaling fleets is addressed in a refreshingly matter of fact way that makes the subject of leviathan the history of whaling in america 44 out of 5 based on 0 ratings 8 reviews kenno82 on librarything 5 months ago this is a wonderfully researched book that provides the reader with a terrific overview of the history of whaling and the importance of the industry in years past however i found the writing style quite distantleviathan the history of whaling in america by eric jay dolin new york w w norton 2007 pp 479 2795 according to the dust jacket eric jay dolins leviathan the history of whaling teems with fascinating vignettes and indeed the book lives up to its billing some of these stories make interesting additions to american political leviathan the history of whaling in america eric jay dolin the epic history of the iron men in wooden boats who built an industrial empire through the pursuit of whales few things can capture the sheer danger and desperation of men on the deep sea as

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