Men and Whales

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Globe Pequot Press, 1999 - Nature - 542 pages
Ever since a human being first came across a dead whale and realized it could provide vast amounts of meat and oil, men have hunted whales. For a thousand years, whales have been mines of oil, meat, baleen, ivory, leather, and ambergris.

In this copiously illustrated book, Richard Ellis delineates the complex history of men and whales. He tells the story of the world's first commercial whalers, the Basques of tenth-century France and Spain; the birth of whaling as an industry during the settlement of New Zealand and Australia; the worldwide movement to protect the whale; and even the origins of the unicorn myth (a whale was responsible).

This is the first comprehensive history of the whale's turbulent and always controversial relationship with humankind.

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Men and Whales is a history of world-wide whaling beginning with the Basque peoples of France and Spain, about 900 C.E. and continuing through most of the twentieth century and the end of whaling ... Read full review


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Authoritative history of man's relationship with whales, presented in lively, straightforward prose. Ellis completes his comprehensive two-volume account of the cetaceans of the world (The Book of ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Richard Ellis is one of America's most celebrated marine artists & writers. The author of ten books, including "The Search for the Giant Squid" & "Men & Whales". Ellis makes his home in New York City.

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