Close to Shore

Close to Shore

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As the idle rich thronged the palatial hotels of the Jersey Shore in the summer of 1916, America was at its most self-confident. But the world's first industrial superpower was about to receive a series of terrifying shocks. Sharks, it was believed, were not man-eaters, so when a lone Great White shark began to develop a taste for human flesh, America went into total denial. Only after the most horrific attacks was the truth admitted - and an unprecedented national frenzy forced President Woodrow Wilson to mobilize the US Navy in an attempt to put nature back in its place. Combining history and adventure, this is the first book on the events that pitted 20th-century technology against an ancient, mythic enemy and became the model for Peter Benchley's JAWS.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 26mm | 240.41g
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • HEADLINE REVIEW
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • maps
  • 0747264082
  • 9780747264088

About Michael Capuzzo

Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize four times, Michael Capuzzo has been a feature writer for The Philadelphia Enquirer and The Miami Herald. He lives in New Jersey.show more

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Close To Shore was reviewed in the Sunday Telegraph 'What whips this narrative into the magnificent froth it ultimately becomes is the sense that while people and their expectations have changed a good deal in 85 years sharks' teeth are much the same... the vicious climaxes of its journey are hatefully vivid. As redness spills into the water one's own blood runs simultaneously hot and cold... all in all this book is quite a performance' 29/7 There was a 3/4 page review of Close To Shore in the Mail On Sunday '.. an amazing, shocking true story' 12/8 The Weasel Diary in the Independent talked about Close To Shore, saying 'you read pages of this compelling read with mouth ajar in amazement' 18/8 'Meticulously researched, beautifully written. This is strong stuff' 'Capuzzo is a masterly writer and his book is every bit as gripping as a thrilling novel' 'Close to Shore! tells an amazing, shocking true story' 'An amazing, shocking true story' 'This book is quite a performance' 'Meticulously researched, Capuzzo genuinely evokes the terror of a confused Edwardian coatline under siege' -- FHM magazine 20020601show more

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3,923 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 24% (937)
4 43% (1,698)
3 26% (1,026)
2 5% (205)
1 1% (57)
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