The North Water
Aine Donovan, Director, Ethics Institute, Adjunct Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School

This is a difficult read—rough, crude language, and almost unbearable suffering—but, that said, it is difficult to put down. It tells the story of a 19th century physician who signs on to a whaling ship and encounters the dreadful intersection of commerce, fraud, and the will to survive. A thread of moral meaning ties the story together and highlights the complexity of the world’s first international business.