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Whales, Ice, and Men: The History of Whaling in the Western Arctic Paperback – March, 1995

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press (March 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295974478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295974477
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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By A Customer on July 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
Comprehensively researched, this book provides a complete history of whaling in Alaska, from its inception to its demise. Whaling was an important part of American history, a unique part that is forever gone, and deserves examination, despite our present sentiments on the subject. Mr. Bockstoce's history is thorough and provides considerable detail, and delves into a wide range of issues, from economic factors to the impact on the Native population. Still, the book is more than history. What makes it fascinating reading are the anecdotes and personal glimpses into the lives of the people who were involved. Whatever else they were, they did not lack for courage and perseverance. It's their stories, funny, strange, gruesome, or just colorful, that make the lost ships and abandoned harbors and history come to life. Overall, an great read for anyone with an interest in a clear and concisely-written history that includes personalities as well as data.
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A well enjoyed book. Great research with lots names, dates and pictures. It was actually hard to put down.
This is an excellent book for those who like to know how the whaling was done and some of the awful consequences of over hunting the walruses- depleting the only food for the people of St Lawrence Island.
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This book is the best one I have read about the history of whaling. It gives the reader a perspective that others sometimes do not. It is well illustrated and gives you the feel that you are actually part of the history Mr. Bockstoce is presenting. You understand how and why the Arctic whaling industry thrived and finally met its demise.
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