Praise for ‘Death at SeaWorld’ Continues

“Kirby makes a passionate case for captivity as the reason orcas become killers (and) tells the story like a thriller. His argument is, for the most part, fair and persuasive… We probably can’t free the orcas in captivity today, but we could make the current group of captive killer whales the last.”
–Wall Street Journal

“A chilling depiction… Kirby lays out a compelling scientific argument against killer whale captivity”
New Scientist

“A gripping inspection… Hard to put down.”
–Booklist – ***STARRED REVIEW

“A real-life scientific thriller.”
–Barnes and Noble- STAFF PICK: Books We’re Talking About

“Thorough and disturbing… One of the great books of the summer”
Columbus Dispatch

“SeaWorld got a firm slap in the form of journalist David Kirby’s fascinating and deeply disturbing book.”
–Christian Science Monitor

“Packed with facts about killer whales and the stress caused by keeping them in captivity… Kirby’s recapping and analysis of the events captured in the Kasatka–Peters incident became for me an emotional touchstone.”
–NPR

“A masterful work.”
–Seattle Post Intelligencer

“An outstanding book… very-well written, extremely well documented, and timely.”
–Psychology Today

#1 Readers Poll Choice for Summer Books
Wall Street Journal Online

“An informed narrative that strongly suggests that despite their name, only when captured do the mammals become dangerous to humans. Free Willy, indeed.”
New York Daily News

“Eye-opening poolside reading… Death isn’t supposed to pop up in environments carefully choreographed for family fun.”
–San Francisco Bay Guardian

“One of the summer’s most anticipated new releases”
– Apple I-Bookstore

“A new book examining the dark side of keeping killer whales in captivity has slammed SeaWorld for its treatment of the enormous beasts and for massive safety failings which still haunt the world famous marine parks.”
Daily Mail (UK)

“Fascinating, shocking, even infuriating, but ultimately rewarding… Discover the majesty of killer whales, the inherent cruelty of their captivity and the passion of those who fight for their freedom.”
Shelf Aware, Online Book Reviews

“Kirby’s knockout format is articulate and mind-blowing. This riveting read is not one that will easily be dismissed.”
–Digital Journal

“Kirby has done his homework and does an excellent job of educating the public about orcas in the wild, as well as highlighting the dangers inherent in keeping these highly evolved, intelligent animals in captivity.”
–Examiner.com

“A page-turning book… a disturbing account that will be hard for SeaWorld to transcend… Kirby makes it horrifyingly clear how serious (captivity) can be for human safety and orca well-being.”
–Wayne’s Blog, Wayne Pacelle, CEO of The Humane Society of the United States

“Even if you’re not an animal nut like me, David Kirby’s Death at Sea World is a fascinating book.”
Sam Simon, Co-Creator of The Simpsons and leading animal-rights activist

“An exhilarating journalistic achievement—the reporting is singularly deep and wide, the research enormously meticulous, the storytelling as gripping as in a great novel.”
–Talking Animals with Duncan Strauss, WMNF-FM, Tampa

“I was sent a pre-release copy and can’t put it down… Get a copy of this book. It’s about time it was written.”
–Fayetteville Observer

“Lives are at stake here, and Kirby can be trusted to tell the story, having won a passel of awards for his investigative work.”
–Library Journal

“Journalist Kirby offers another passionate industry exposé … the narrative goes into high gear with its concluding confrontation.”
Publishers Weekly

“Simply superb… David Kirby has left no stone unturned. He has successfully refuted the arguments put forth by the pro-captivity advocates”
Philosophy Book Review

“Captivity disrupts (orca) behavior in practically every manner.  Contrary to marine mammal exhibition industry claims, orca lifespans are significantly shortened in captivity.”
– Animal People Magazine

“I particularly enjoyed this book. It reads very much like a novel to the point when you are staying up later than you should to finish it.”
–San Juan Island Update

“The bottom line of these findings is that keeping these magnificent beings in confinement is not a good thing.”
–Wild Time Radio TCR-FM (UK)


About David Kirby

DAVID KIRBY is the author of 'Evidence of Harm,' which was a New York Times bestseller, winner of the 2005 Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) award for best book, and a finalist for the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, and 'Animal Factory,' an acclaimed investigation into the environmental impact of factory farms which NPR compared to Upton Sinclair’s classic work 'The Jungle.' His latest book, 'Death at SeaWorld,' was previewed by Library Journal, which wrote: “Lives are at stake here, and Kirby can be trusted to tell the story, having won a passel of awards for his investigate work.” Booklist called the book “gripping” and “hard to put down.”
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