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In the deeply mysterious ocean, no this darkness, and shows how corner is more shadowy to us than the unknown, uncharted realm of the shark. And as with all shadows, we’re afraid of what lurks in them. Juliet Eilperin’s beautifully evocative Demon Fish lights up fearing sharks rather than understanding them has cost us more than we know. (It’s cost the sharks even more: Though we’ve never been able to pinpoint how many of them live in our planet’s waters, we do know that their populations are plunging, possibly even into decimation territory, largely at our hands.)
For my money the best, page-turning narratives are immersive ones, and Eilperin excels at this. Readers will enjoy traveling with her as she ventures from Indonesia to Japan to Africa to North America in dauntless pursuit of answers to questions that few writers have asked: Why do we approach sharks with such runaway emotion? Why do we fear these fish sometimes, and revere them others? What’s really going on with these animals, beneath the ocean’s surface? And of course the big one: after surviving all five global mass extinctions, can sharks make it through another decade of co-existing with us?
“For this inclusive and important book, Eilperin traveled around the world to find people who study, fish for, dive with, venerate, or have been attacked by sharks . . . . [she] discusses many others who have brought sharks into human consciousness—Jules Verne, Edgar Allen Poe, Ernest Hemingway, and Jacques Cousteau; to this list, we must now add Eilperin herself.”
—Richard Ellis, The American Scholar
“More books probably have been written about sharks than about any other creatures that live in the sea, so when I opened this one I was skeptical: What could it possibly add? A great deal, it turns out . . . Eilperin circles the world in pursuit of sharks and the people who love and hate them . . . whether they are killers or protectors, she tells their stories with fairness and understanding. I forgot the time as I immersed myself in the world of sharks. Whether you’ve never read a book about sharks or have a shelf full of them, this is a book for you.”
—Callum Roberts, The Washington Post
“Eilperin investigates the greatest threats to sharks: the shark fin trade and the ecological and economic forces affecting shark populations . . . The book is certainly timely. And Demon Fish does the subject justice.”
—David McGuire, San Francisco Chronicle
“Poised to be one of the summer’s most compelling beach reads.”
—Rachel Syme, NPR.org
“In this wide-ranging natural history of shark-human relations, the author recounts frank interviews with an entertaining cast of scientists, fishermen, wholesalers, chefs, and eco-tour operators, all of whom have a stake in the survival of the oceans’ top predators. She also gets into the water with the sharks. For readers who like passionate investigative reporting.”
—Rick Roche, Booklist
“In this fascinating and meticulously reported book, Juliet Eilperin crisscrosses the globe, on the trail of one of the most mysterious creatures. She illuminates not only the hidden nature of the seas, but also the societies whose survival depend on them.”
—David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z
“Hate, fear, envy, awe, worship. Of the many shark books, precious few explore the human-shark relationship. And none do with such style as Juliet Eilperin does in this fact-packed, fast-paced narrative. This is the shark book for the person who wants to understand both what sharks are, and what sharks mean. Bite into it.”
—Carl Safina, author of Song for the Blue Ocean and The View From Lazy Point; A Natural Year in an Unnatural World
Really interesting read, one of the best chapters in the book.
We enjoyed the first chapter, but then after that it seemed to bog down; as others have said, too chatty, too informal, not the "science" type of book I had expected.
"Demon Fish" provides a very interesting look at the ways in which sharks and humans interact.
Did you realize that the great culinary delicacy for which millions of sharks are killed each year, shark fin soup, only contains one tiny, tasteless strand from the shark's fin? Read morePublished 1 month ago by DRob
Eye opening look into what humans have done to the shark. Their greatest threat is us. Read and get educated, then share what you have learned.Published 7 months ago by Mark S.
In ordering this book, I was hoping for a popular scientific treatise on the amazing wonder of sharks. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gregg Hamann
Juliet does a good job of covering a lot of ground in her book. I truly enjoyed her later chapters on the various threats and the impact of finning on sharks on places I've dived. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I felt that I had to give this book at least three stars since I'm sure it was fascinating to people who knew very little about sharks and were concerned mostly with descriptions... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kokopelli
Juliet's book is very insightful, i particularly loved the anecdotes like sand tiger sharks eating their siblings in the womb, no wonder one was recently filmed eating another... Read morePublished 20 months ago by CD in DC
I bought this book to write a review for my Evolution class. If you're interested in sharks I would definitely say buy this book. Read morePublished 21 months ago by vaaaalerie
As one of the Jaws generation; I thought this book would be interesting to read. I admit to being attracted by the title.
This is not a biology book. Read more
This book is a must read for anyone curious about sharks and the challenges confronting the world's oceans. Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Jake Schmidt