Books by Eric Jay Dolin

When America First Met China

When America First Met China


An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail

By Eric Jay Dolin

(Liveright (div. of W. W. Norton), 384 pp., 99 illus., ISBN: 978-0-87140-433-6, $27.95)

Brilliantly illuminating one of the least understood areas of American history, bestselling author Eric Jay Dolin now traces our fraught relationship with China back to its roots: the unforgiving nineteenth-century seas that separated a brash, rising naval power from a battered ancient empire.

It is a prescient fable for our time, one that surprisingly continues to shed light on our modern relationship with China. Indeed, the furious trade in furs, opium, and bĂȘche-de-mer-a rare sea cucumber delicacy-might have catalyzed America's emerging economy, but it also sparked an ecological and human rights catastrophe of such epic proportions, the reverberations can still be felt today.

Peopled with fascinating characters-from the "Financier of the Revolution" Robert Morris to the Chinese emperor Qianlong, who considered foreigners inferior beings-When America First Met China is a page-turning saga that explores a time many years ago when the desire for trade and profit first brought America to China's door.

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Fur, Fortune, and Empire

Fur, Fortune, and Empire


The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America

By Eric Jay Dolin

(W. W. Norton, 464 pp., 90 illus., ISBN: 978-0-393-06710-1, $29.95)

From the best-selling author of Leviathan comes this sweeping narrative of one of America's most historically rich industries. Beginning his epic history in the early 1600s, Eric Jay Dolin traces the dramatic rise and fall of the American fur industry, from the first Dutch encounters with the Indians to the rise of the conservation movement in the late nineteenth century. Dolin shows how the fur trade, driven by the demands of fashion, sparked controversy, fostered economic competition, and fueled wars among the European powers, as North America became a battleground for colonization and imperial aspirations. The trade in beaver, buffalo, sea otter, and other animal skins spurred the exploration and the settlement of the vast American continent, while it alternately enriched and gravely damaged the lives of America's native peoples. Populated by a larger-than-life cast-including Dutch governor Peter Stuyvesant; President Thomas Jefferson; America's first multimillionaire, John Jacob Astor; and mountain man Kit Carson-Fur, Fortune, and Empire is the most comprehensive and compelling history of the American fur trade ever written.

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Leviathan

Leviathan


The History of Whaling In America

By Eric Jay Dolin

(W. W. Norton, 480 pp., 90 illus., ISBN: 978-0-393-33157-8, $15.95. Also available in Audiobook format from Tantor Audiobooks.)

"To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme," Herman Melville proclaimed, and this absorbing history demonstrates that few things can capture the sheer danger and desperation of men on the deep sea as dramatically as whaling. Eric Jay Dolin begins his vivid narrative with Captain John Smith's botched whaling expedition to the New World in 1614. He then chronicles the rise of a burgeoning industry — from its brutal struggles during the Revolutionary period to its golden age in the mid-1800s when a fleet of more than 700 ships hunted the seas and American whale oil lit the world, to its decline as the twentieth century dawned. This sweeping social and economic history provides rich and often fantastic accounts of the men themselves, who mutinied, murdered, rioted, deserted, drank, scrimshawed, and recorded their experiences in journals and memoirs. Containing a wealth of naturalistic detail on whales, Leviathan is the most original and stirring history of American whaling in many decades.

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The Ph.D. Survival Guide

The Ph.D. Survival Guide

By Eric Jay Dolin
Illustrations by Dave Carpenter

(iUniverse, 140 pp., ISBN: 0595350305, $13.95)

The Ph.D. Survival Guide is an unvarnished, humorous, and very personal peek at the Ph.D. process and how to make it through to the end, more or less in one piece. Drawing primarily on his experience at MIT, Dolin, accompanied by the fantastic cartooning talents of Dave Carpenter, offers a satirical perspective on the journey one takes on the way to gaining a doctorate.

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Snakehead

Snakehead


A Fish out of Water

By Eric Jay Dolin

(Smithsonian Books, 266 pp., 58 illus., ISBN: 1588341542, $24.95)

This is the story of the "Frankenfish," the "pit bull with fins," the "fish from hell" - an invasive species that went from obscurity to fame, becoming front-page news and the topic of one of David Letterman's Top Ten lists in the summer of 2002. Dolin tells the amazing story of the snakehead's meteoric rise to international celebrity, while delving into the larger issue of invasive species in America.

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Political Waters

Political Waters


The Long, Dirty, Contentious, Incredibly Expensive but Eventually Triumphant History of Boston Harbor - A Unique Environmental Success Story

By Eric Jay Dolin

(University of Massachusetts Press, 240 pp., 40 illus., ISBN: 1558494456, $37.50)

Political Waters traces the degradation and cleanup of Boston Harbor, from the days of the Puritans up through the creation of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and the investment of billions of dollars to improve the Boston area's sewage treatment system and bring the harbor back to life. This is the dramatic environmental, political, and biological history of America's harbor.

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Smithsonian Book of National Wildlife Refuges

Smithsonian Book of National Wildlife Refuges

By Eric Jay Dolin
Illustrations by John and Karen Hollingsworth

(Smithsonian Books, 258 pp., 200 illus., ISBN: 1588341178, $39.95)

In 1903 Theodore Roosevelt signed a proclamation that created the first of what, a century later, would become a system of 538 National Wildlife Refuges spread across all fifty of the United States. Stretching from the cypress swamps of Okefenokee to the remote wilderness of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the refuges now occupy an amazing 95 million acres of the American landscape, and include America's most treasured habitats - filled with waterfowl, fish, mammals, and diverse array of plants. Coupling his text with the remarkable photographs of John and Karen Hollingsworth, Dolin draws on the rich history surrounding the refuges to reveal an intriguing story of people and nature.

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The Duck Stamp Story

The Duck Stamp Story


Art-Conservation-History

By Eric Jay Dolin and Bob Dumaine

(Krause Publications, 206 pp., 300 illus., ISBN: 0873418158, $49.95)

The Federal Duck Stamp Program has likely exceeded even the wildest expectations of those who fought so hard in the 1920s and early 1930s to create it. Not only have duck stamps raised hundreds of millions of dollars to benefit wildlife across the country, but the stamps, and the artwork from which they are created, cross the boundaries between philatelics, artistry and investment-grade collectibles. This book captures the history and dedication that drove conservation pioneers to find a way to raise money so desperately needed to protect the migratory waterfowl of North America. The Duck Stamp Story also provides a detailed look at duck stamp collecting and the artwork that is the foundation for the program.

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International Environmental Treaty Making

International Environmental Treaty Making

By Lawrence E. Susskind, Eric Jay Dolin and J. William Breslin

(Program on Negotiation Books, Harvard Law School, 192 pp., ISBN: 1880711028)

Dirty Water Clean Water

Dirty Water Clean Water


A Chronology of Events Surrounding the Degradation and Cleanup of Boston Harbor

By Eric Jay Dolin

(MIT Sea Grant College Program, 144 pp., ISBN: 1561720011)