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This is an account of the rise, fulfilment and fall of Antarctic whaling in the twentieth century, coupled with the history of the Scottish whaling company Christian Salvesen of Leith. This book chronicles the lives of the whalers and also traces the technical and economic frameworks which supported the industry. The later part of the book surveys the efforts made by the International Whaling Commission and by the whaling companies themselves to restrict catch and conserve the whales. The IWC was unsuccessful and the industry came to an end in the late 1960s, with whale numbers reduced to a very low level; but the lessons from this failure are clear, and they have been well brought out by the author, who was himself a participator in the later international negotiations.