This is the epic history of the "iron men in wooden boats" who built an industrial empire based in places like Nantucket Island
through the pursuit of whales. Eric Jay Dolin chronicles the rise of the burgeoning whaling
industry to its decline as the twentieth century dawned. Containing a wealth of naturalistic detail on whales, Leviathan
is the most original and stirring history of American whaling in many decades.
The island of Nantucket off the south coast of Massachusetts rose to become the principal whaling port in the world. Whale oil was a staple of domestic life before petroleum became developed, and whaling ships pursued the huge marine mammals around the world.