Harpoon by Andrew Darby
Into the Heart of Whaling (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

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From one-hundred-fifty-ton barnacled Blues to the sleek, embattled Minke, whales have been hunted worldwide to near extinction. Despite efforts to halt the killing, the future of these majestic mammals-known as “mind in the water”-is again in jeopardy. With passion and engaging detail, Andrew Darby profiles each species of whale and its place in this great drama. From the wooden harpoons of aboriginals in “cockleshell” vessels, to the high-tech killing machines of today’s lawless Russian whalers and smooth-talking Japanese “scientific” crews, Darby chronicles the evolving pursuit of whales and its significance to our humanity. Fans of well-written history, as well as those fascinated by whales and the fierce international conflict surrounding them, will be swept into the very heart of whaling.
 

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Andrew Darby, reporter on environmental issues and Antarctica for the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), has covered whaling, whales, and their effect on people for 20 years. He lives in Hobart, Tasmania.
 
Published April 13, 2009 by Da Capo Press. 322 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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The big-headed warrior Sperm, with ambergris worth its weight in gold, was still being hunted into the ’70s, until Paul Watson of Greenpeace made whaling a “lightning rod for global species conservation.” Darby delineates both sides in the messy politics of whaling, and mixes in a lively bit of s...

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Darby, an Australian journalist who has covered the whaling industry and the international politics of whaling since the founding of the International Whaling Commission in the early 1960s, has produced a definitive work on the past and the present of whaling.

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It will tell you a lot about whales but — and this may be what makes it stand out — also a lot about you and your international neighbors and how we've allowed our collective hubris to attempt to diminish the great whales of the world's great oceans.

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Passion is contagious, and that's why Andrew Darby's Harpoon: Into the Heart of Whaling (Da Capo Press) is so enlightening and entertaining, despite its scholarly style.

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