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Great White: The Majesty of Sharks Hardcover – October 21, 2009

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About the Author

Chris Fallows is famous for his photographs capturing South Africa's great white sharks as they breach out of the water. His work has been seen on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, BBC, CNN, and 60 Minutes. Fallows and his wife, Monique, are active shark conservationists and recognized authorities on great white shark behavior. He resides in South Africa.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811871037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811871037
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,551,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Deeter on December 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
While the actual pictures in this book are wonderful - the lay-out of the book leaves a lot to be desired. Many of the most gripping photos in this book are split between two pages resulting in the spine of book badly affecting the impact of the photographs.

Here are two examples - on pages 22 & 23 and page 26 & 27 a massive great white is breaching the surface - HOWEVER - the spine of the book cuts the shark in HALF!!! This occurs nearly 40 times in the book!!!!

Shame on the publisher!!!!!
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Found it in a Borders store...for $50. Found it here for...under $20. Me = 1, Borders = 0.

This book is a very large book, so the pictures really make a bigger impact as they are clear, well-shot photos. The great white shark is beautifully captured, and the author, Fallows, shows evidence that these sharks aren't out to get you every time you step in the ocean. Every turned page brought a "Wow" or an ominous silence. FYI, it also covers the Mako shark, along with a few others, but by the cover, you can see who hogs the spotlight here.

Yes, I like sharks.

I bought it for my nephew for his 8th birthday, and he also shares my enthusiasm for oceanic life. This book was an insanely smart buy and it may be one of the best purchases I've ever made on Amazon. Borders has a clear plastic wrapping over it if you find it there, so you can't thumb through it (arrgh), but trust me---if you like sharks, you will very much enjoy this book.
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I've been a follower of Chris Fallows for years as I've seen all his amazing documentaries on TV. This book captures some of his best images and is a great coffee table book. After purchasing the book, I was able to go great white shark cage diving with him and his cage diving company in South Africa to see these sharks for myself. It was an amazing experience and Chris is one of the nicest people I've ever met. Him and his wife (who also helps runs the cage diving business) go out of their way to make sure that everyone gets the most out of their eco-adventure. If anyone gets the chance to do it, make sure you go with his company - Apex Predators.
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There are some production issues, as pointed out by other reviewers, and content is repetitive. The author's defensiveness and offhand dismissal of opposing viewpoints also become a little wearing; the text could have done with stringent editing. The quality of the photographs and the author's devotion to sharks are both indisputable. However, and this is a big 'however', anyone reading this book owes it to themselves and to sharks in general to inform themselves on the debate around baiting (or "chumming") to attract wild creatures for the purposes of close human encounters, whether for photographic purposes or the thrill factor (as in cage diving). They also need to acknowledge that the author has a strong vested interest not only in justifying, but in actively promoting close human interaction with sharks. Terrestrially, the ethics of baiting wildlife for photographs are clear- it's simply not on. The way I see it: consider being placed in a lion-proof container and lowered by crane onto the Serengeti while a piece of dead antelope is trailed around the cage to bring in the big cats; personally I don't see any difference between that and cage diving. This is a personal view; other people, especially those dependent on close encounters for a living may see no harm in baiting wild predators into human contact. But many people enjoy animals in circuses and dancing bears, and some depend on them.
Read this book by all means, but also have a look at [...]and [...]viewpoint on this author's activities.
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As an avid viewer of Shark Week on the Discovery channel, this book is basically identical to what was seen during that week a couple of years ago. Nothing new here, but I am an admirer of Chris Fallows, the work he does on behalf of sharks, and the beautiful and breathtaking pictures he takes. If it weren't for the fact that I have seen photos like these before (or others similar to them), I would have given it a 5-star review, but also probably wouldn't have bought it. I'm sure that is why a potential buyer is not able to view the contents of the book! If I had seen what was in it before I purchased it, I would have passed on buying it. It was encased in plastic and, therefore, is probably not returnable!
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I have been waiting many years for Chris & Monique to put a book together and here it is :-) A great book all round. If you have ever seen there work for T.V. & nature documentaries, then you know just how fabulous the photography is of these magnificent fish (as well as the sharks prey & the environment they call home, that's the sharks & Chris & Monique :-) This book is a great testament to there dedication to help save & educate the masses on this endangered apex predator. Thanks so much Chris & Monique, and keep up the great work.
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I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS FROM MR FALLOWS.I HAVE WATCHED HIS WORK ON THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL.I ALSO GET E-MAILS FROM HE AND HIS WIFE.I EXPECTED NO LESS FROM THIS BOOK.BEAUTIFUL PICTURES OF THE GREATWHITE SHARK IN THEIR NATURAL FORM.ONE OF THE POINTS I GOT FROM THESE PHOTOS THAT SHARKS SHOULD BE ADMIRED INSTEAD OF FEARED AND THAT DO NOT!GO AFTER HUMANS AS THE NATURAL FORM OF FOOD!I ENJOYED THE STORIES AS WELL.GREAT BOOK!WELL DONE!WELL WORTH THE MONEY!
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