Joe Roman is a marine biologist based in Vermont, USA. He has conducted much research and written widely in the field of biology and cetacean studies.
"This new series promises to be addictive." - Desmond Morris" 'the latest in Reaktion Book's magnificent Animal series. The book provides a complete overview of the role that whales have played in history, the human imagination and the oceans themselves ... Whale is a superb chronicle of the relationship between man and beast over the centuries. A must-buy' - Magazine of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society 'well-written, fascinating ... this reader was much satisfied by this tasty book ... It certainly belongs in museum bookshops from New Bedford, through Sandefjord, to Grytviken. It could be a more substantive alternative to the cetological trinkets and tee shirts purveyed to modern day whale-watchers as they disembark from their brief encounters with his subjects. If such punters then read it, they might gain a respect and understanding of the variety of attitudes that different nationalities and generations have had towards large whales since they and we first interacted.' - Aquatic Mammals Journal