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Emperors of the Deep: Sharks—The Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians

October 2, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Co-presented with Rainy Day Books.

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The book

In this remarkable 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.

From the Jaws blockbuster movie series to Shark Week, we are conditioned to see sharks as terrifying cold-blooded underwater predators. But as William McKeever, founder of Safeguard the Seas, 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 such as:

  • Sharks are 50-Million Years older than trees
  • Sharks have survived 5 Extinction level events, including the one that killed off the Dinosaurs
  • Sharks have electroreception, a sixth sense that lets them pick up on electric fields generated by living things
  • Sharks can dive 4,000 Feet below the surface; Sharks account for only 6 human fatalities per Year, while humans kill 100 Million Sharks per Year

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, and takes us on a pulse-pounding tour around the world and deep under the water’s surface, from the frigid waters of the Arctic Circle to the coral reefs of the tropical Central Pacific, to see sharks up close in their natural habitat.  He also interviews ecologists, conservationists, and world-renowned shark experts, including the founders of Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior, the head of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, and the self-professed “last great shark hunter.”

At once a deep-dive into the misunderstood world of Sharks and an urgent call to protect them, Emperors of the Deep celebrates this wild species that hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of the ocean–if we can prevent their extinction from climate change and human hunters.

 The speaker

William McKeever is a documentary filmmaker, writer, and the founder of the non-profit organization Safeguard the Seas, dedicated to ocean conservation. He is the producer and director of the forthcoming feature-length documentary film Emperors of the Deep, which will premier in spring 2020.

Event format

William McKeever will give a multimedia presentation about his new hardcover, Emperors of the Deep: Sharks—The Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians, accompanied by a special 20-minute preview of his new documentary film, Emperors of the Deep. The presentation will last approximately one hour. A book signing will follow the presentation.

 Book signing

A meet-and-greet book signing will immediately follow the lecture. Rainy Day Books will have copies of Emperors of the Deep available for purchase at the event. To pre-order a copy of McKeever’s book, click here to order online, call 913.384.3126, or visit Rainy Day Books at 2706 W. 53rd Street in Fairway, Kansas.

Admission tickets

The lecture is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required.


The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.


October 2, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Eric Ward


Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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