What We Are Reading Today: Emperors Of The Deep by William McKeever

Updated 18 July 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Emperors Of The Deep by William McKeever

  • Sharks are evolutionary marvels essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem

In this groundbreaking book, a documentarian and conservationist, determined to dispel misplaced fear and correct common misconceptions, explores in-depth the secret lives of sharks — magnificent creatures who play an integral part in maintaining the health of the world’s oceans and ultimately the planet, according to published on goodreads.com.

From the Jaws blockbusters to Shark Week, we are conditioned to see sharks as terrifying cold-blooded underwater predators. But as Safeguard the Seas founder William McKeever reveals, sharks are evolutionary marvels essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem.

We can learn much from sharks, he argues, and our knowledge about them continues to grow. The first book to reveal in full the hidden lives of sharks, Emperors of the Deep examines four species — Mako, Tiger, Hammerhead, and Great White — as never before, and includes fascinating details.

McKeever goes back through time to probe the shark’s pre-historic secrets and how it has become the world’s most feared and most misunderstood predator.


What We Are Reading Today: What’s Your Pronoun by Dennis Baron

Updated 28 January 2020

What We Are Reading Today: What’s Your Pronoun by Dennis Baron

Based on Dennis Baron’s own empirical research, What’s Your Pronoun? chronicles the story of the role pronouns have played—and continue to play—in establishing both our rights and our identities. 

It is an essential work in understanding how 21st-century culture has evolved.

Joe Moran said in a review for The New York Times that Baron’s book “layers on rather too many examples of historical usage, including a 60-page “chronology of gender-neutral and nonbinary pronouns” at the end. This scholarly assiduousness, though, also makes him the ideal pilot through these contentious political-linguistic waters. If you want to know why more people are asking ‘what’s your pronoun?’ then you (singular or plural) should read this book.”

Moran added: “The point about pronouns is that they replace nouns, and thus trade the specific for the generic — so they will probably catch on only when they are inconspicuous.” 

The critic said: “In writing, a pronoun that draws attention to itself stops the reader’s eye and checks their pace at the wrong point in a sentence.”