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Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916

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ISBN13: 9780767904148
ISBN10: 0767904141
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Combining rich historical detail and a harrowing, pulse-pounding narrative, Close to Shore brilliantly re-creates the summer of 1916, when a rogue Great White shark attacked swimmers along the New Jersey shore, triggering mass hysteria and launching the most extensive shark hunt in history.

During the summer before the United States entered World War I, when ocean swimming was just becoming popular and luxurious Jersey Shore resorts were thriving as a chic playland for an opulent yet still innocent era's new leisure class, Americans were abruptly introduced to the terror of sharks. In July 1916 a lone Great White left its usual deep-ocean habitat and headed in the direction of the New Jersey shoreline. There, near the towns of Beach Haven and Spring Lake-and, incredibly, a farming community eleven miles inland-the most ferocious and unpredictable of predators began a deadly rampage: the first shark attacks on swimmers in U.S. history.

For Americans celebrating an astoundingly prosperous epoch much like our own, fueled by the wizardry of revolutionary inventions, the arrival of this violent predator symbolized the limits of mankind's power against nature.

Interweaving a vivid portrait of the era and meticulously drawn characters with chilling accounts of the shark's five attacks and the frenzied hunt that ensued, Michael Capuzzo has created a nonfiction historical thriller with the texture of Ragtime and the tension of Jaws. From the unnerving inevitability of the first attack on the esteemed son of a prosperous Philadelphia physician to the spine-tingling moment when a farm boy swimming in Matawan Creek feels the sandpaper-like skin of the passing shark, Close to Shore is an undeniably gripping saga.

Heightening the drama are stories of the resulting panic in the citizenry, press and politicians, and of colorful personalities such as Herman Oelrichs, a flamboyant millionaire who made a bet that a shark was no match for a man (and set out to prove it); Museum of Natural History ichthyologist John Treadwell Nichols, faced with the challenge of stopping a mythic sea creature about which little was known; and, most memorable, the rogue Great White itself moving through a world that couldn't conceive of either its destructive power or its moral right to destroy.

Scrupulously researched and superbly written, Close to Shore brings to life a breathtaking, pivotal moment in American history. Masterfully written and suffused with fascinating period detail and insights into the science and behavior of sharks, Close to Shore recounts a breathtaking, pivotal moment in American history with startling immediacy.

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"[The] book's strength lies in its lively reconstruction of the age and its consciousness....The encounters between people and sharks make for some tense and gruesome reading, and the rest of the book is equally page-turning..." Publishers Weekly

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"Capuzzo laces this suspenseful story with interesting social history....Factual information about shark physiology and behavior heightens the tension....[A] riveting thriller that does not lessen its grip until the final page." Library Journal

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"[G]ripping and occasionally grisly....More than a literary Jaws, Close to Shore captures the decline of Victorian-era innocence as the 20th century brutally bared its teeth." John Freeman, The Boston Phoenix

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"The most perfect beach book ever. Better than Jaws — an amazing story, terrific writing, and the Gilded Age setting is fascinating. I loved it." Linda Marotta, Shakespeare & Company, New York City

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [309]-317).

About the Author

Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize four times and a National Magazine Award finalist, MICHAEL CAPUZZO has been a feature writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Miami Herald. His stories have also appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Life, and Reader's Digest. He lives with his wife and two children in rural New Jersey.

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grenx1, October 2, 2007 (view all comments by grenx1)
Now, I haven't read this book... yet.
To my understanding however, the shark involved in this series of attacks is generally believed to have been a Bull shark.
I believe it is true that the great hunt spurred by the attacks may have produced a Great White off shore somewhere (one that may or may not have had partial human remains in its belly) but Bulls were also caught, and the M.O. fits that of a Bull shark -- especially the inland travel up the Matawan river and the relentless feeding pattern.
Great White attacks on humans rarely ever go beyond exploratory bites... 'nibbles', if you will. And while these are bad enough, they do not typically constitute the kind of predation that is said to have happened there in 1916. People aren't meaty enough for these sharks. Bulls, on the other hand, are the sharks most commonly known to attack humans in shallow water, and most likely to come back for more.

Doesn't anybody watch "Shark Week" on the Discovery channel each summer? Just wondering.
Thanks, * Glenn
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ajbsoccergirl, August 2, 2007 (view all comments by ajbsoccergirl)
this is a good book and i loveed it, i didnt buy it i got it from a friend. i would love to read it any other time again!-ajbsoccergirl
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767904148
Author:
Capuzzo, Michael
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Capuzzo, Mike
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fish
Subject:
Marine Life
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Shark attacks
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Animals - Fish
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Americana-General
Subject:
history;sharks;new jersey;non-fiction;shark attacks;animals;american history;american;1910s;nature;disasters;nautical;usa;ocean;disaster;america
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st trade pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 801
Publication Date:
May 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.04x5.22x.74 in. .55 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Broadway Books - English 9780767904148 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[The] book's strength lies in its lively reconstruction of the age and its consciousness....The encounters between people and sharks make for some tense and gruesome reading, and the rest of the book is equally page-turning..."
"Review" by , "Capuzzo laces this suspenseful story with interesting social history....Factual information about shark physiology and behavior heightens the tension....[A] riveting thriller that does not lessen its grip until the final page."
"Review" by , "[G]ripping and occasionally grisly....More than a literary Jaws, Close to Shore captures the decline of Victorian-era innocence as the 20th century brutally bared its teeth."
"Review" by , "The most perfect beach book ever. Better than Jaws — an amazing story, terrific writing, and the Gilded Age setting is fascinating. I loved it."
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [309]-317).
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