"Crawford explains well the variety (454 species) and wondrous biology of sharks (the great white has electrical sensors that can detect a heartbeat); traces sharks nicely through myth and fiction, holding in view Moby-Dick, Jaws and the novels of Hemingway; and outlines the politics of aquaria and shark-fin soup. . . . The pictures are breathtaking, too."
"Shark is a completely perfect book about sharks — ogle that elegant cover and unadorned title, both as sleek as their subject — limpidly written by Dean Crawford and speckled with striking photos and artwork."
(Chris Garcia Austin 360
"A beautiful book about sharks? Yes, Shark, by Dean Crawford is one of a series of gorgeous, small format animal tomes by British publisher Reaktion Books. This 150-page shark primer has lovely color plates on almost every page of art-quality stock, and the writing is good, too. . . Crawford's the Alan Dershowitz of the finny deep. I loved this book."
(Alex Beam Boston Globe
"Rigorously researched and scholarly, yet highly accessible and entertaining, Shark urges us to see the incredibly sophisticated animal behind the terrifying caricature that society has created."
About the Author
Dean Crawford is visiting associate professor of English at Vassar College and is also the author of The Lay of the Land.