Left for Dead: Shipwreck, Treachery, and Survival at the Edge of the World

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Liveright Publishing Corporation
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6.37 X 9.54 X 1.18 inches | 1.31 pounds

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About the Author

Eric Jay Dolin is the author of several books of history, 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. It also won the 2007 John Lyman Award for US Maritime History. He is a graduate of Brown, Yale, and MIT, where he received his PhD in environmental policy.

An absorbing adventure that explores the dark shadows of instinct and self-preservation, and the hardships and stress that stretch the bonds of humanity. Fascinating reading.--Stephen R. Bown, author of Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on the World's Greatest Scientific Expedition
Eric Jay Dolin's depiction of early 1800s seafaring is filled with as much adventure, intrigue, action, and colorful characters as any classic Hollywood movie. Surviving a thousand-mile ocean journey in a small boat is just one of several scintillating ingredients. Left for Dead is a true account that reads like a grizzled sailor's tall tale.--Tom Clavin, author of Lightning Down: A World War II Story of Survival
In Left for Dead, a handful of sailors abandoned on a remote island by their mates more than two centuries ago is only the beginning. Eric Jay Dolin delivers surprise after surprise. With a plot worthy of the best seafaring fiction, Dolin's gripping narrative has the added fascination of being entirely true.--Andrea Pitzer, author of Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
No one writes maritime history with as much passion and vibrancy as Eric Jay Dolin. Left For Dead transports us to the remote, wind-scoured Falkland Islands in the early nineteenth century and brings to life an unforgettable cast of characters: speculators, convicts, scallywags, sea captains, and captains of industry--driven by country, greed, and the will to survive at any cost. This is narrative history (and natural history) of the highest caliber. A riveting, rollicking read.--Buddy Levy, author of Empire of Ice and Stone: The Disastrous and Heroic Voyage of the Karluk
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
In his latest maritime narrative, Dolin chronicles an early-19th-century calamity featuring the usual privation and acts of heroism but more than the usual bad behavior. Dolin maintains an interesting narrative of their 18 months alone on the barren subarctic Falklands. An entertaining castaway tale.--Kirkus Reviews
A captivating castaway tale. Left for Dead is highly recommended.--WindCheck Magazine
A master of the maritime narrative, Dolin (Rebels at Sea, 2022) surfaces a submerged shipwreck story. . . . creating a work that will captivate a readership built from his many fans and all readers enamored of true tales of the high seas.--Booklist
Exciting and meticulously detailed book . . . . With twists and turns on nearly every page, Dolin details how the unlikely companions overcame great odds and adversity to survive the deadly winters in the Falkland Islands. Left for Dead is an incredible true story long overdue for exposure in the modern age, and Eric Jay Dolin does not disappoint.--Quarterdeck
Left for Dead is a truly extraordinary story told in gripping fashion and vivid detail, but, and this is what makes it all so amazing, none of it is fiction; it all, every bit of it, actually happened.--Mensun Bound, Trustee, Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust, author of The Ship Beneath the Ice: The Discovery of Shackleton's Endurance
Thanks to his exhaustive research and a flair for storytelling, Eric Jay Dolin has managed to turn out a long string of excellent books in this genre. "Left for Dead," with its many charts and illustrations, and wonderful descriptions of the Falkland Islands themselves, puts us right there in this strangely near - and yet still somehow far away.--Bob Muggleston "Points East Magazine"
It would hardly be an exaggeration to say that Dolin's saga has as many twists and turns as a route through the mazy South Atlantic archipelago. ... Dolin does justice to the drama of it all ... without stinting on one of pleasures of reading 19th-century history: the wordsmithery of people high and low...The author of several previous books on such maritime topics as piracy and whaling, Dolin is an expert literary steersman.--Dennis Drabelle "Washington Post"