Sounding of the whale: science and cetaceans in the twentieth century.

Sounding of the whale: science and cetaceans in the twentieth century. D. Graham Burnett.

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. Octavo, paperback, photographs and illustrations, line drawings, maps.

Over the course of the twentieth century, our understanding of and relationship to whales underwent astonishing changes. With this book, D. Graham Burnett tells the fascinating story of the transformation of cetaceans from grotesque monsters, useful only as wallowing kegs of fat and fertilizer, to playful friends of humanity, bellwethers of environmental devastation, and, finally, totems of the counterculture in the Age of Aquarius. A sweeping history, grounded in nearly a decade of research.

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