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

2:30 pm


Eric Jay Dolin

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

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

Saturday July 6, 2:30 p.m.

Event Center, Abbot Public Library


Join acclaimed author Eric Jay Dolin for a riveting journey - a tale of intriguing complexity, with surprising twists and turns. Eric offers a unique perspective on a pivotal era in American maritime history in his most recent novel, Left for Dead (2024). Esteemed as "one of today’s finest writers about ships and the sea" by American Heritage, Eric takes us into the harrowing saga of survival and human resilience during the War of 1812.


Eric’s book talk unveils the true story of a perilous encounter in the Falkland archipelago involving an American sealing vessel, a British brig in distress, and a formidable British warship. Left for Dead intricately weaves a narrative of treachery, survival, and the extremities of human nature when faced with isolation and the relentless fight for life. Eric brings to life the 18-month ordeal of five individuals abandoned on the inhospitable shores of the Falklands, portraying a gripping tale of greed, leadership, endurance, and the quest for redemption amidst the chaos of war. Prepare to be enthralled by a story of shipwreck, isolation, and the remarkable journey of survival.


About Eric Jay Dolin

Eric Jay Dolin is the author of 16 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. Before his most recent book, Left for Dead, Eric released 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. Add to his notable accomplishments A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America’s Hurricanes, which was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, was chosen as one of the 50 notable books of non-fiction of the year by The Washington Post, and was one of the Best Science & Technology Books of 2020 by the Library Journal and Booklist. Eric lives in Marblehead with his family. Learn more about Eric and his books at

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