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Twelve Days of Terror: A Definitive Investigation of the 1916 New Jersey Shark Attacks

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The acclaimed account of the infamous and heretofore unexplained shark attacks that served as the horrifying real-life inspiration for Peter Benchleys Jaws

Synopsis:

In July 1916, with the specter of American involvement in World War I on the horizon and New York City in the throes of a deadly polio epidemic, the tri-state population thronged the Jersey Shore in search of respite from the stifling midsummer heat. The Atlantic's refreshing waters proved to be utterly inhospitable, however. In a shockingly brief span of just twelve days, four swimmers were violently and fatally mauled by a marauding shark (or school of sharks), and a fifth was seriously injured, escaping within inches of his life. By the third week in July, national newspapers were headlining reports of "Battles Against Man-Eating Sharks" above the battles of war across the ocean.

In this thoroughly researched account, Dr. Richard Fernicola, the leading expert on the attacks, presents a riveting portrait of these twelve days of terror against the colorful historical backdrop of America in 1916. With the perspicacity of a private eye, he immerses himself in the specifics of the events as he carefully examines clues and reconstructs evidence to resolve what scientists have been arguing over for decades. Was a rogue shark or a school of sharks responsible? Was it a bull shark or a great white shark? Was the shark's motivation hunger or fear? Through primary sources and face-to-face interviews with witnesses, Fernicola pieces together a conclusive, if controversial, theory regarding the character and cause of these mysterious attacks.

Part fascinating social history, part spellbinding detective story, "Twelve Days of Terror" is one of those rare books that proves truth can be stranger, more dramatic, and more terrifying than fiction.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781585745753
Subtitle:
A Definitive Investigation of the 1916 New Jersey Shark Attacks
Author:
Fernicola, Richard G.
Author:
Fernicola, Richard G.
Publisher:
Lyons Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Marine Life
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mammals
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
New jersey
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1900-1945)
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Shark attacks - New Jersey - History
Copyright:
Edition Number:
First edition
Edition Description:
First
Publication Date:
20020501
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 400 pages Lyons Press - English 9781585745753 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In July 1916, with the specter of American involvement in World War I on the horizon and New York City in the throes of a deadly polio epidemic, the tri-state population thronged the Jersey Shore in search of respite from the stifling midsummer heat. The Atlantic's refreshing waters proved to be utterly inhospitable, however. In a shockingly brief span of just twelve days, four swimmers were violently and fatally mauled by a marauding shark (or school of sharks), and a fifth was seriously injured, escaping within inches of his life. By the third week in July, national newspapers were headlining reports of "Battles Against Man-Eating Sharks" above the battles of war across the ocean.

In this thoroughly researched account, Dr. Richard Fernicola, the leading expert on the attacks, presents a riveting portrait of these twelve days of terror against the colorful historical backdrop of America in 1916. With the perspicacity of a private eye, he immerses himself in the specifics of the events as he carefully examines clues and reconstructs evidence to resolve what scientists have been arguing over for decades. Was a rogue shark or a school of sharks responsible? Was it a bull shark or a great white shark? Was the shark's motivation hunger or fear? Through primary sources and face-to-face interviews with witnesses, Fernicola pieces together a conclusive, if controversial, theory regarding the character and cause of these mysterious attacks.

Part fascinating social history, part spellbinding detective story, "Twelve Days of Terror" is one of those rare books that proves truth can be stranger, more dramatic, and more terrifying than fiction.

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