Anyhow ,what I liked most about this book was that it was full of Jersey Shore history! Interesting, engaging reading. A nicely written, deeply researched work and un-sensational in its approach, this is a gripping account of a series of shark attacks - most probably by a single `rogue' - along the popular USA beaches frequented by a growing number of people interested in the relatively new idea of public sea-swimming. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Read 681 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. I was never a fan of swimming in rivers, and its doubtful you’ll ever see me in one again after reading this book! Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. "Close to Shore" is a detailed, scientific, sociological look at society in 1916 with the added bonus of the focus on reactions to shark attacks.

( Log Out /  The Peter Benchley book 'Jaws' and later the movie with the same title were loosely based on this series of incidents. As it eventually transpired - the reason that shark attacks on humans is increasing is the increasing number of swimmers in waters that are shared with sharks! Change ), Click to share on Instagram (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window). This page works best with JavaScript. (I do love my history) It mentions how the Jersey Shore became a place for rest for people, which hotels they stayed at, how bathing costumes came about etc.

That was what lured me into reading this, but so many other things kept me reading. I love sharks. I simply don't understand the good to great reviews over this book. I had honestly never heard of the creek attacks in New Jersey. While the real life shark was not nearly so large as the 25 footer in the movie, the true life events were, in a number of ways, even more incredible than those depicted in the movie including "we're gonna need a bigger boat" but excluding the eating of Robert Shaw. Found this gem on sale at The Christmas Tree Shop, one of my favorite stores ever.

The book--about a series of East Coast shark attacks that inspired the writing of JAWS-- held my interest and provided a glimpse into the social life of a period (early 20th century) that I didn't know much about. Entertaining reading on something that will probably always be a cold case, Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2016. Well written account of the 1916 shark attacks along the New Jersey shore which resulted in a number of deaths, no small degree of panic and a frantic bunch of inept amateur shark hunters. Not gonna lie I was quite terrified to read this book since I have a huge fear of being attacked by a shark. Not gonna lie I was quite terrified to read this book since I have a huge fear of being attacked by a shark. Very well crafted with interchapters about the shark and the sightings and attacks. ( Log Out /  Outstanding book. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Reviewed in the United States on July 10, 2019. Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2017. Disabling it will result in some disabled or missing features. ( Log Out /  Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. There were memorable real-life characters, plus some a few blood-in-the-water thrills. I do highly recommend this book to anyone that loves history. This book is basically about the terrifying shark attacks of 1916 which was the influence for the movie Jaws. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. The book gives excellent insight into the incredible lack of knowledge in that time period regarding sharks and their behaviors. Close to Shore book. Best book I have read in a while. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Close to Shore at Amazon.com. Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2012.

Gave up a little more than halfway in and I almost never give up on a book.

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