Fur, Fortune, and Empire

The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America

By Eric Jay Dolin
W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393067101, 442pp.

Publication Date: July 2010

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the July 2010 Indie Notables
“Dolin guides readers through over 200 years of man's quest for incredibly valuable animal pelts. Much of the tale is surprisingly nautical, as Old World powers vie for control of the abundant resources of the New World. Dolin's book seamlessly connects the economic, cultural, and geographical threads of the fur trade. His overview of this key era is beautifully written. Shipboard scoundrels, mountain men, Indian captives, ruthless capitalists, even victims of grizzly bears - this superb history has it all!”
— Christopher Rose, Andover Bookstore, Andover, MA

Winner of the New England Historial Association's 2010 James P. Hanlan Awar Winner of the Outdoor Writers Association of America 2011 Excellence in Craft Award, Book Division, First Plac "A compelling and well-annotated tale of greed, slaughter and geopolitics." Los Angeles Times From the best-selling author ofLeviathan comes this sweeping narrative of one of America's most historically rich industries.

About the Author
Eric Jay Dolin is the author of 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; andFur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America. He is also the author of When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail. A graduate of Brown, Yale, and MIT, where he received his Ph.D. in environmental policy, he lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children.
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