[MARMAM] Book announcement: Whale by Joe Roman

Harriett Green hgreen at press.uchicago.edu
Mon Apr 3 10:26:07 PDT 2006

New from Reaktion Books' Animal Series:

by Joe Roman
ISBN: 1-86189-246-2
25 color plates, 75 halftones
Publication date: May 1, 2006
Published by Reaktion Books, distributed by the University of Chicago Press

WHALE explores the role cetaceans have played in history, the human 
imagination, and the oceans themselves. The largest animals to have lived 
on earth, whales inspire awe: the longest individual on record measured 
more than 33 meters, and a blue whale's tongue alone can weigh more than an 
African elephant. Whales have also inspired  greed. At the height of 
industrial whaling, more than 60,000 whales were removed from the oceans 
each year. It wasn't until humans brought these diving mammals to the brink 
of extinction that we truly appreciated their charisma, intelligence, even 
culture as revealed in song.

This book shows how our perceptions and relationships regarding this animal 
have changed over the centuries. From the tales of Jonah and Brendan the 
Navigator to Moby Dick and the modern debate over whaling, WHALE considers 
the role of cetaceans in human history, mythology, art, literature, 
commerce, and science. The illustrations range from Stone Age carvings to 
Victorian whaling prints to the latest full-color underwater photographs. 
This book will appeal to whale watchers as well as marine historians and 
anyone studying cultural history and the natural sciences.

For more information:
Maria Kilcoyne, maria at reaktionbooks.co.uk
Harriett Green, hg at press.uchicago.edu

Joe Roman is available for readings, lectures, and interviews. Please 
contact Harriett Green at hg at press.uchicago.edu or (773) 702-4217, or Maria 
Kilcoyne at maria at reaktionbooks.co.uk or +44 (0)20 7253 1071 for more 

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