• "A trove of shark lore, a suspenseful adventure yarn, and a decent man's account of the way other decent men behave toward one another when they are under great pressure"

    Geoffrey Wolff, Newsweek
  • "Analytical, truthful and intimately personal... Throughout one learns considerably about the history of sharks, whales, professional divers, and other such creatures of the sea... Matthiessen is a most qualified observer of men and nature"

    Natural History
  • "For its natural history, for its persistent courage and for its terrifying portrait of White Death, this book... will live in the memory of all who read it"

  • "Peter Matthiessen is beyond dispute the best nature writer working today"

    Peter Farb