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Twelve Days of Terror: A Definitive Investigation of the 1916 New Jersey Shark Attacksby Richard Fernicola
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In July 1916, four people were killed in two weeks by a series of shark attacks, causing panic all along the coast. Perhaps best known as the inspiration for the Peter Benchley novel and Steve Spielberg film 'Jaws,' the story is set down here as the gripping record of what really happened.
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Fernicola's research became the basis for two popular television documentaries on the 1916 attacks. In July 1916, he recounts, the US was entangled in World War I, New York City writhed in the throes of a deadly polio epidemic, and people from three states sought relief from the summer heat at the Jersey Shore. In 12 days, one or more sharks had fatally mauled four swimmers and nearly killed another. Newspapers blared the sensation above news of the war.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Part fascinating social history, part spellbinding detective story, "Twelve Days of Terror" is an account of the infamous and, heretofore, unexplained New Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916 that served as the horrifying real-life inspiration for Peter Benchley's "Jaws". Illustrations & photos throughout.
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