A remarkable book, broad in its scope but sharp in its focus, Leviathan has been called "the best history of American whaling to come along in a generation." Dolin has created a vivid story of whaling that reflects its role in much of American culture, economy, and even spirit, as it was rendered, literally and figuratively, from the bodies of whales. In Leviathan, the first one-volume history of American whaling in several decades, Dolin chronicles the epic battle between men and the sea--and also in this case between men and beasts--an always violent struggle that animates the imagination and stirs the emotions. Paperback. 479 pgs.