Meet-and-Greet: Eric Jay Dolin - "Left For Dead"

Event date: 
06/15/2024 - 2:00pm

Eric Jay Dolin, author of Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, joins us for a meet-and-greet in celebration of his latest book, Left for Dead: Shipwreck, Treachery, and Survival at the Edge of the World. No need to RSVP, just come by anytime between 2:00–4:00pm to say hi!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

"Dolin unspools a fraught encounter on the Falkland Islands during the War of 1812 . . . This stunning account of shifting fortunes is riven with tension on every page, as Dolin provides detailed descriptions of bickering and backstabbing, tricky nautical maneuvers, and desperate survival techniques. It’s an edge-of-your-seat adventure." –Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

The true story of five castaways abandoned on the Falkland Islands during the War of 1812—a tale of treachery, shipwreck, isolation, and the desperate struggle for survival.

In Left for Dead, Eric Jay Dolin—“one of today’s finest writers about ships and the sea” (American Heritage)—tells the true story of a wild and fateful encounter between an American sealing vessel, a shipwrecked British brig, and a British warship in the Falkland archipelago during the War of 1812.

Fraught with misunderstandings and mistrust, the incident left three British sailors and two Americans, including the captain of the sealer, Charles H. Barnard, abandoned in the barren, windswept, and inhospitable Falklands for a year and a half. With deft narrative skill and unequaled knowledge of the very pith of the seafaring life, Dolin describes in vivid and harrowing detail the increasingly desperate existence of the castaways during their eighteen-month ordeal—an all-too-common fate in the Great Age of Sail.

A tale of intriguing complexity, with surprising twists and turns throughout—involving greed, lying, bullying, a hostile takeover, stellar leadership, ingenuity, severe privation, endurance, banishment, the great value of a dog, the birth of a baby, a perilous thousand-mile open-ocean journey in a seventeen-foot boat, an improbable rescue mission, and legal battles over a dubious and disgraceful wartime prize—Left for Dead shows individuals in wartime under great duress acting both nobly and atrociously, and offers a unique perspective on a pivotal era in American maritime history.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Eric Jay Dolin is the author of sixteen books, including Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, which was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe, and also won the 2007 John Lyman Award for U.S. Maritime History. His most recent book before Left for Dead is Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution, which was awarded the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award and the Samuel Eliot Morison Book Award for Naval Literature, given out by the Naval Order of the United States; and was a finalist for the New England Society Book Award and the Boston Authors Club Julia Ward Howe Book Award. The book before Rebels at Sea is A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America’s Hurricanes, which was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, and was chosen as one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, Booklist, Library Journal, and the editors at Amazon. It was also selected as a "Must-Read" book by the Massachusetts Center for the Book for, and was the winner of Atmospheric Science Librarians International Choice Award for History. Dolin lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with his family. For more information, please see www.ericjaydolin.com.

 

Left for Dead: Shipwreck, Treachery, and Survival at the Edge of the World By Eric Jay Dolin Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781324093084
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Published: Liveright - May 7th, 2024

Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution By Eric Jay Dolin Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781324093640
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Published: Liveright - June 6th, 2023

A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America's Hurricanes By Eric Jay Dolin Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781631499067
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Published: Liveright - June 1st, 2021

Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates By Eric Jay Dolin Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781631496226
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Published: Liveright - September 17th, 2019

Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse By Eric Jay Dolin Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781631492501
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Published: Liveright - April 25th, 2017

When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail By Eric Jay Dolin Cover Image
$16.95
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ISBN: 9780871406897
Published: Liveright - September 3rd, 2013

Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America By Eric Jay Dolin Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393340020
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 5th, 2011

Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America By Eric Jay Dolin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393331578
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 17th, 2008

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