The Mortal Sea
By Jeffrey Bolster
Hardcover, 378 pages
© 2012 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College
Blending marine biology, ecological insight, and a remarkable cast of characters, from notable explorers to scientists to an army of unknown fishermen, The Mortal Sea illuminates a story that is both ecological and human: the prelude to an environmental disaster.
Licensed for many years by the U.S. Coast Guard as Master of Motor, Steam, and Auxiliary Sail Vessels of not-more-than-200-tons upon All Oceans, Jeff Bolster continues to mess about in boats. He is now Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire, where he writes about the sea.
His newest book, The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail (2012), won several prizes, including the Bancroft Prize, generally regarded as one of the most prestigious awards in American History.