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Whales and Nations: Environmental Diplomacy on the High Seas (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books) Hardcover – November 18, 2013
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"Written with elegant prose and a wry wit, the book illuminates the many twists and turns of global whaling regulation. . . This title is an excellent resource for those desiring detailed insight."―Choice
"This interesting and well researched [book]…sheds new light on how the International Whaling Commission developed, and on how it struggled."―Bjorn Basberg, International Journal of Maritime History
"I am delighted that a book like Whales and Nations exists and that Kurkpatrick Dorsey has written it. He offers us a detailed history of the regulation of whaling from the pre–World War I era up to the present…he is certainly one of the best writers of diplomatic history around."―Karen Oslund, Environmental History
"This important book is essential for understanding the formation of the first global environmental agreements. It is valuable both as an argument about the failures of sustainability and as an authoritative guide to the people and issues behind the rise of global environmental awareness in the twentieth century."―Jacob Darwin Hamblin, author of Arming Mother Nature
"Whales and Nations offers a fresh and timely look at the intersection of the twentieth―century whaling industry, international diplomacy, and science and is an important contribution to a topic that loomed very large in the environmental movement at a critical point in its development. It’s also a great read."―Helen M. Rozwadowski, University of Connecticut, Avery Point
"The international politics of whaling underwent seismic shifts over the course of the twentieth century, reflecting complex changes in attitudes toward marine mammals and environmental protection worldwide. This important story has never been better told than in Kurkpatrick Dorsey's new book, which is likely to be the standard work on this subject for a long time to come."―William Cronon
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As the title suggests, the book provides a great deal of information about how the whaling industry developed and how countries that oppose(d) whaling interact(ed) with those that support(ed) it. The awkward phrasing of that last sentence is due to the incredible complexity of the issue and changes over time.
There is no such awkwardness in the book, though. It is one of the most well-written, engaging books I have read and I recommend it highly.