The summer of 1916 was brutally hot, driving thousands to the Jersey Shore to indulge in the newfangled activity of swimming in the ocean, and a good swimmer could strut his stuff in front of an appreciative audience. But happiness turned to horror as a killer invaded this idyllic scene--with never a warning and showing no mercy to its victims. Soon the beaches were filled with screams as this monster of the sea dragged unsuspecting vacationers down under the waves, chomping off limbs and leaving pools of blood and horrified onlookers in its wake. How many deaths would it take before the truth about this terrifying monster would be known? History and hubris. Drama and daring. Science and sizzle. It's all here in one package, brought to life by the extraordinary voice of Taylor Mali.
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Four deaths. One maiming. One shark. . .
In mesmerizing detail, journalist Michael Capuzzo's CLOSE TO SHORE recounts the dramatic true story of a series of shark attacks that occurred along the New Jersey shore in July 1916 -- resulting in the largest shark hunt in history, and the end of Americans' naivete about the dangers of the sea. Anchored by harrowing and graphic recreations of a rogue Great White Shark's attacks on five swimmers in two beach towns --as well as in a farming community eleven miles inland -- the narrative examines the behavior of the ocean's greatest predator and the lives and worldview of pre-World War I Americans. The novelistic narrative evokes both the chilling specter of sharks and the rich historical backdrop of Gilded Age America, an era when Americans were just beginning to swim in the ocean, and the Jersey shore, thanks to the railroads, was coming into its own as a playground for America's new leisure class. Woven throughout is the theme of how these shark attacks metaphorically marked the end of an "innocent" ag
e in America when a ship was considered unsinkable and a shark, experts believed, hadn't the jaw strength to hurt a man.
Based on in-depth archival research into accounts of the attacks from 1916 newspapers and science journals and existing interviews with victims' relatives as well as research and reporting on the social and cultural currents of the era and on what we have learned about sharks in the intervening decades, CLOSE TO SHORE paints vivid portraits of individuals ranging from tourists, local citizens and shore developers to scientists, shark experts and hunters. Capuzzo interspersesthe spellbinding narrative with fascinating insights on shark behavior and on the evolving human-shark relationship, incorporating tales of shark attacks that occurred elsewhere and at other times to create a timeless account of our relationship with man's last natural predator.
“A remarkable read . . . a flash photo of the moment when our fascination with sharks transformed from awe into mortal dread.”
“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
“Popular history meets popular science in this thrilling shark story. As in Seabiscuit, the author interweaves social history with a suspenseful story told from different characters’ points of view, including that most fascinating character of all: the shark itself.”
–Arsen Kashkashian, Boulder Book Store, Boulder, Colorado
“This riveting book skillfully combines historical fact with shark science and lore. A first-rate thriller that’s all the more spine-tingling because it really happened.”
–Anne Edkins, Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, California
“A riveting account of the terrorizing shark attacks [of 1916]. Meticulously researched, it provides fascinating information about the history of the great white shark as well as a social commentary of America during World War I. Informative, entertaining, enthralling.”
–Tova Beiser, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, Rhode Island
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Book Description Broadway Books, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0747264082
Book Description REVIEW, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 747264082