Close To Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks Of 1916
  • Close To Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks Of 1916
  • Close To Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks Of 1916
ISBN: 0767904141
EAN13: 9780767904148
Language: English
Release Date: May 21, 2002
Pages: 317
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 7.9" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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4
   Informative, exciting in places, but suffering from a flat ending
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 that I did not know much about. There were memorable real-life characters, plus some blood-in-the-water thrills. If you want to understand sharks in a way that goes deeper than headlines and more scientific than JAWS, this book will probably please you. It cites a number of world-class sharp experts. But ultimately, I felt that Close to Share was a saggy shark story. This was perhaps because the author was determined to tell the truth. I admire him for assuming this position. But somehow, the dramatic parts of the book created an expectation that there would be a previous conclusion. And that expectation was not met.
 
4
   New Jersey summer 1916
A good story about a difficult summer on the NJ coast in 1916. I had heard about this incident, but had not read anything about it. The thought of being attacked by a shark is frightening to think about. Reminds me of the USS Indianapolis, a US Navy cruiser, which was sunk in 1945 by a Japanese sub and drowned in shark infested waters before those who were still alive were rescued 3 days later, I believe. A good read.
 
4
   Read like fiction but was true life
Interesting read-both about life in earlier days as well as the perception of sharks and the reality of what happened. Read like fiction, but was true life.
 
5
   Tremendous nonfiction story of shark
Michael Capuzzo has written a spellbinding story about a man eating a shark off the New Jersey coast. He is a wonderful writer and I highly recommend this book.
 
5
   Fascinating!
My commendations to Mr. Capuzzo for a wonderfully written, non - fiction, period timepiece! To say that this book is a page turner that touches only the surface!
 
3
   Sharks!
A little dry at times, but also quite an eye opening. I had no clue of these events and, honestly, I am not even in the water since I read the book. Must read for all shark lovers, maybe not so much for just non - fiction fans.
 
5
   Intense and frightening
The author did a wonderful job with making you feel that time period.
 
4
   Scary Times.
We have spent time on the shore of New Jersey always. I will only go in the ocean with eyes on the alert as deep as my ankles.
 
4
   Well-Written and Engaging
I enjoyed the author's approach of focusing on the period and personalities in this story thoroughly. I am sure he uncovered all the available material on the attacks and he fashioned a very nice story around them.
 
5
   A glimpse into the past events that shaped so much of our perception of sharks and the shore.
Super Book : It was not just the history of the sharks ; it was a total taste of the time. The language, descriptions, and flavors were all there to create a magnificent and disturbing story, seen through the eyes of the people of 1916. It was not portrayed as bad guys and good guys. It was perception, a new misconception and a new experience in life for those who wanted to enter the water.
 
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